Simple and Delicious Chili

chili recipeChili is one of those recipes that I never seem to make the same way twice. Sometimes I want a deeply rich and exotic chili, a green chili, or a really basic chili. I stumbled upon this recipe from Ali of Gimme Some Oven, and I now have my go-to recipe for a really delicious and flavorful basic chili. Calling it basic is not doing this recipe justice, it is not basic in flavor at all. It really is warm and comforting, and has just enough kick. I like to serve mine with lots of different toppings, and let people add what they want themselves.

The original recipe is made on the stove in a Dutch oven. I bought a Cuisinart Multi-Cooker a few months ago, (after doing a series of slow cooker recipes for Tablespoon I fell in love with my slow cooker all over again) and I really like this one because you can brown in the same pot as you cook in. You can make this recipe either way, but I like to to make mine in the slow cooker because I like that when it is done cooking, it flips over to warm, and we can eat it whenever we want. Perfect for your Super Bowl party.

basic chili recipeI have made this recipe many times since, but when I took photographs, I was lucky enough to have vegetables fresh from my friend Alison’s garden. I really missed having a garden this year, and cannot wait to live somewhere long enough to plant another garden. There really is nothing better than veggies that you grew yourself.

basic chili recipe3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds lean beef, cubed
1 onion
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups beef broth
2 cups water
1 (15-ounce) can Rotel
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 Tablespoons masa harina

toppings:

grated cheddar cheese
chopped red onion
cilantro
sliced jalapenos
sour cream

https://www.facebook.com/bakedbreeAdd olive oil to the pan. Brown beef in small batches over medium-high heat. Remove from the pan and set aside.

basic chili recipeAdd a little more oil if needed, and add the onions and peppers. Saute until they begin to soften 4-5 minutes.

basic chili recipeAdd the garlic, all of the spices, and the sugar. Cook for a minute to bring out all of the flavors from the spices.

basic chili recipeAdd the beef broth, water, kidney beans, Rotel, tomato sauce, and balsamic.

basic chili recipeAdd the beef back to the pan. Simmer oven medium-low heat for 2 hours, or 6 hours on LOW in the slow cooker.

basic chili recipeBefore serving, mix together the masa harina (cornstarch and flour work well also) and 1/2 cup of water. Stir into the soup and let it come up to a bubble. If you are making this in the slow cooker, turn it to HIGH and let it cook until it begins to thicken. Give a taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

basic chili recipeServe with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and sliced peppers. I also make Jenny’s Cornbread to go along side.

chili recipe

Chili – Plain and Simple

Yield: serves 6 to 8

Chili – Plain and Simple. Sometimes the simplest is the best. Not too spicy, not too fancy, just simple and perfect.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean beef, cubed
  • 1 onion
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Rotel
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons masa harina

toppings:

  • grated cheddar cheese
  • chopped red onion
  • cilantro
  • sliced jalapenos
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. Add olive to the pan. Brown beef in small batches over medium-high heat. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add a little more oil if needed, and add the onions and peppers. Saute until they begin to soften 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, all of the spices, and the sugar. Cook for a minute to bring out all of the flavors from the spices.
  4. Add the beef broth, water, kidney beans, Rotel, tomato sauce, and balsamic.
  5. Add the beef back to the pan. Simmer oven medium-low heat for 2 hours, or 6 hours on LOW in the slow cooker.
  6. Before serving, mix together the masa harina (cornstarch and flour work well also) and 1/2 cup of water. Stir into the soup and let it come up to a bubble. If you are making this in the slow cooker, turn it to HIGH and let it cook until it begins to thicken. Give a taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. Serve with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and sliced peppers. I also make Jenny’s Cornbread to go along side.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Caroline

    This looks amazing! The perfect superbowl party comfort food. 😀

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Caroline! This is such a good version.

  2. Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy

    Nothing like a good bowl of chili! I usually tend to lean more towards the vegetarian chili but my boyfriend would love this recipe!

    1. bakedbree

      So do I, this version is easy to make all veg. I have done that too, and just added a variety of beans.

  3. Deanna

    I love chili, but I normally make Lisa’s (of the Homesick Texan fame). Its perfect, but I should probably branch out at some point.. This one sounds really good, and I have crockpot envy.

    1. bakedbree

      I need to try hers!

  4. Rebecca

    I didn’t realize you can buy a slow cooker that allows you to brown meat! I’m buying one this weekend.

    1. bakedbree

      Yes, they are well worth the $$$.

  5. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    You got me in the mood for a nice big bowl of chili! I think I’ll be putting this on my menu for this weekend!

    1. bakedbree

      Good! I hope that you like this one.

  6. Elena

    This chili looks amazing! This would be perfect for a rainy day. Yummy!

    1. bakedbree

      It is perfect for a rainy day, or any day for that matter.

  7. Dixie

    Ok, I love those white soup bowls!! Can you tell me where you got them??? The chili looks pretty yummy, too!!!

  8. alison

    Oh how I miss those fresh veggies! That pic must’ve been before Wes raided the tomatoes. 😉 Gorgeous chili, looks they were the perfect addition. I think I need to try a veg version, maybe add a can of pintos to replace the meat?

    1. bakedbree

      Me too! I took it as soon as I got home from our visit. I was so excited to have freshly grown veggies. I would just use 2 cans of beans and it will be great.

  9. Cheska Hunt

    I love this recipe! This is Plain and Simple yet definitely Healthy and Yummy!

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Cheska!

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