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Overhead shot of Chili con Carne in a pot with a serving of chili alongside topped with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and scallions.
Chili Con Carne
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 4 mins
Total Time
1 hr 24 mins

Chili con carne is spicy, satisfying comfort food for the soul. Hearty beef, beans, peppers, and onions are slow simmered in a richly seasoned tomato sauce for a stick-to-your-ribs meal for the masses.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, chili con carne
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 551 kcal
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 onions, diced (medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef (80:20 meat-to-fat ratio)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 56 oz crushed tomato. (2 - 28 oz cans)
  • 4.5 oz minced green chiles (1 can)
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely minced
  • 12 oz beer, I like a pale ale or stout for deeper flavor (1 bottle)
  • 38 oz kidney beans, drained and rinsed (2 - 19 oz cans)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime
  • shredded cheddar, sliced scallions, chopped cilantro, and sour cream for topping
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large, heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven until hot.
  2. Add peppers and saute until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add onion and continue to cook 5-7 minutes or until softened and golden.

  4. Add garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Crumble in ground beef and cook until browned, 10 minutes.

  6. Carefully drain off about half the fat, then add the spices. sugar, salt, pepper, and stir well. Cook for 2 mins.

  7. Add the crushed tomatoes, stir, and bring to a simmer.
  8. Stir in the chiles, minced chipotle pepper, and bottle of beer.

  9. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

  10. Uncover, add beans, and cook an additional 20 minutes. The chili should reduce a bit and have a nice thick consistency.

  11. Stir in cilantro and squeeze in the juice from half of a lime.
  12. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with garnishes if desired.

Recipe Notes
  • While this chili can be on the table in less than 90 mins, the longer it simmers, the better it gets. Make it a day in advance and serve tomorrow - even better!
  • Serve this with All. The. Toppings. Herbs, cheese, sour cream, and even a handful of crumbled tortillas take this from so good to SO GREAT.
  • Use a dark beer for a deeper flavor.
  • Like it spicy? Stir in an extra chipotle or two!
  • Don't stir in the beans too early, they taste best when they're intact, not mushy.
Nutrition Facts
Chili Con Carne
Amount Per Serving
Calories 551 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1333mg58%
Potassium 1369mg39%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 975IU20%
Vitamin C 59.2mg72%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 7.1mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.