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Best Classic Beef Chili
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Best Classic Beef Chili

A traditional and easy chili recipe that uses lean ground beef, beans, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and a homemade blend of delicious spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, comfort food, easy, ground beef
Servings: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish


  • 1 lb lean ground beef (i use 93% lean 7% fat)
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 2 medium peppers (red or green) diced
  • 3 cups canned beans (drained, but not rinsed) (i use a mix of pinto and black but you can use whatever type of canned beans you love in chili)
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder (i use McCormick. Be sure to use a chili powder that you know and love because some chili powders can be extra spicy and throw everything off!)
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano
  • tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1-2 tsp sugar replacement (start off with just one tsp. add some if you think it needs it! I use whole earth sweetener or swerve)
  • 1 can Ro*tel Mild or Original (diced tomatoes and green chiles)
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Optional (delicious) toppings:

  • sliced fresh or pickled jalapenos
  • fritos/oyster crackers/cheez its
  • diced red onion or green onion
  • low fat sour cream or greek yogurt
  • shredded cheese
  • Frank's Hot Sauce


  • In a large hot skillet or pot over medium high heat add ground beef and break apart with spatula. When the ground beef is mostly broken apart add onion, peppers, and one cup beans and season a bit with salt and pepper. Continue to cook and use spatula to smash the beans a bit.
  • When the ground beef is browned and the onions and peppers are softened. Add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, lawry's seasoned salt, and sugar. Stir to coat well and cook for about a minute.
  • Add the rest of the beans, beef broth, ro*tel (with any juices from the can), tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and continue to cook for 25-30 minutes uncovered. Top with any desired toppings and enjoy!
  • **While this recipe is made to be eaten the day of it tastes even better when you let it sit in the fridge overnight and then heat it up again the next day.


Serving size: 1 and 1/4 cups
272 Calories, 6g fat, 2g saturated fat, 31g carbohydrates, 7g dietary fiber, 7g sugar (0g added sugar, 0g sugar alcohols) 24g protein 
Click here for WW Personal Points  (3-5 points)