Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne is a hearty and flavorful dish embodying traditional Southwestern cuisine’s spirit. This recipe balances rich, deep flavors with a satisfyingly robust texture, perfect for a cozy meal. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned cook, you’ll find this recipe easy and rewarding.

Cooking Time

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 6


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional, for serving)


  1. Preparation: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and red bell pepper. Sauté until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Cook the Beef: Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the ground beef to the pot. Cook, breaking it apart with a spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add Flavors: Stir in the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  4. Simmer: Pour in the beef broth and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve: Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Serve hot, garnished with chopped cilantro and, if desired, shredded cheddar cheese.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

Calories330 kcal
Total Fat15 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Cholesterol50 mg
Sodium470 mg
Total Carbohydrate25 g
Dietary Fiber6 g
Sugars6 g
Protein25 g

Enjoy your homemade Chili con Carne, a dish that brings warmth and satisfaction to any meal!