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How Do You Make Good Homemade Chili?

How do you make good homemade chili? Start with a classic chili recipe, add some flavorful seasonings, let it simmer, and you’ve got the perfect dish.

Easy Chili Recipe

Homemade easy chili in a green bowl.

This is a quick easy chili recipe that will satisfy the heartiest of appetites. 

I am notorious for not planning meals ahead of time. I do my best to plan things out, but it doesn’t always happen.

So, the other night, I knew my husband would be home from work soon, and I didn’t have anything prepared.

I decided to have a look around the kitchen and came up with enough ingredients to make a homemade chili recipe.

Thankfully, I had some ground beef thawed out in the fridge, and enough cans of chili ingredients to make it happen.

The Best Homemade Chili Ingredients

  • Ground beef
  • Can of chili beans in chili sauce
  • Can of tomato paste
  • Water
  • Italian seasonings
  • Can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Onion (diced)
  • Grape tomatoes (diced)
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Full recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card. And it’s printable.

How To Make Chili

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the tomato paste, water, seasonings, salt, and pepper and set aside.
  2. Brown the ground beef.
  3. Add the onion and grape tomatoes to the pan.
  4. Next, add the chili beans, tomato mixture, and minced garlic to the meat pan and stir.
  5. Simmer on low for one hour and serve.

This meal costs approximately $10.00

I didn’t want to dirty too many dishes, so I decided to brown the beef in the bottom of a large saucepan since I would already be using it to simmer everything as I completed the homemade chili recipe.

I had two pounds of meat, but you really don’t need any more than one pound.

I’m feeding two teenagers, and they can eat a lot.

I cut up some grape tomatoes into bite-sized pieces, that I had bought to make a salad (and never did), and threw those into the pot.

I shop at Aldi’s quite often and have to buy more than one onion at a time.

I usually end up with more onion than I know what to do with, so this was a good way to use some of the extra onion.

Step-By-Step Instructions For The Best Best Beef Chili

Ground beef, tomatoes, and onions in a saucepan.

Start by browning the ground beef and add the tomatoes and onions. 

I always keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge, as well.

I don’t have to take the time to cut up the garlic, and it stays fresh for a long time. It’s also pretty cheap at Aldi’s (love that place).

Ground beef, sauce, beans, and onions in a saucepan.

Add the garlic, tomato paste mixture (see recipe), diced tomatoes and chilies, and beans.

I usually put tomato sauce in my chili but didn’t have any in the cabinet. So, I used some tomato paste, added some water, Italian seasonings, and called it good.

I did have a can of chili beans, and diced tomatoes and chilies, so that came in handy, as well.

It was shaping up to be a great pot of chili for dinner!

Simmering chili in a saucepan.

Mix everything together and let it simmer in a covered pot for one hour on low heat.

I let it simmer on low for about an hour before dishing it up. The hubs loved it and the kids ate it up.

We had plenty left over, so I was able to freeze some for another night when I don’t plan well or time is cut short for making dinner.

The beauty of this homemade ground beef chili is that you don’t have to have the exact ingredients.

You can substitute ground beef with turkey, or add more beans, and more water, or maybe even less garlic. It’s totally up to you. 

What kind of chili is your favorite? Let me know in the comments. 

Have you ever tried chili with a side of bread and peanut butter? My husband loves bread with peanut butter on the side. Try it next time! 

Easy Homemade Chili

Homemade easy chili in a green bowl.

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Homemade Chili

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! This is a wonderful recipe for any occasion.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your chili on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Homemade Chili recipe from scratch

Homemade Ground Beef Chili

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

If you’re looking for a good homemade chili recipe from scratch, you’ve come to the right place. This is a quick easy chili recipe that will satisfy the heartiest of appetites.


  • 1 to 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1-16 oz. can chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasonings
  • 1-10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper


  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix tomato paste, 2 cups of water, Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Brown meat in a large saucepan.
  3. Add chili beans, tomato paste mixture, can of diced tomatoes and chilies, grape tomatoes, onions, and minced garlic to the saucepan, and stir until blended.
  4. Turn down burner to low and simmer for about one hour.
  5. Serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 882mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 35g

Nutrition is approximate.

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