Simple, Perfect Chili

Chili, with its rich flavors and heartwarming qualities, is a classic dish that can be enjoyed by all. Here’s a recipe for ‘Simple, Perfect Chili’ that balances simplicity with culinary excellence.

Cooking Time

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

Serving Size

  • Serves 6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey for a healthier option)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for desired heat)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • Optional garnishes: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the ground beef. Cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned and no longer pink.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Pour in the broth and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve hot, garnished with optional toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, or green onions.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories350 kcal
Total Fat15 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Cholesterol50 mg
Sodium700 mg
Total Carbohydrates30 g
Dietary Fiber8 g
Sugars5 g
Protein25 g

This chili recipe offers a delightful balance of flavors and textures, and is ideal for both the novice and experienced cook. The combination of spices and heartiness from the beans and meat creates a comforting and satisfying dish, perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!