Perfect Chili Recipe

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You guys, I am in HEAVEN!  The temperature is really dropping and that can only mean one thing...IT'S CHILI SEASON!!!  I actually shared this recipe almost three years ago, in fact, it was the first recipe I every shared with y'all. However, if you go to the original post HERE you will see that it is a HOT MESS.  Therefore, I've decided to revamp my Perfect Chili Recipe for you and re share.

The finished bowl of chili with a plate of cornbread muffins in the back and the title above.

I wish I could take complete credit for this AMAZING (and I do mean AMAZING) chili recipe, but I can't.  My husband is actually the one who taught me the foundation of it and overtime I have tweaked it to become, seriously...perfection.  I KNOW you are going to love it and I can't wait to re share it with you so...

Let's Get Started!

Perfect Chili Recipe:
*Prep Time:  10 min.  *Cook Time: 30 min to 1 hour  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

The ingredients needed to make the Perfect Chili Recipe.

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 lb. of ground beef (or your ground meat of choice)
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika (or 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika)
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of chicken stock (or one bottle of your favorite dark beer)
  • 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed

To begin you will need a nice, heavy bottomed, pot. I like to use a dutch oven.  If you are interested in the one I use, I will link it HERE

Place the pot over medium/high heat, add 2 tbsp. of canola oil, and let the pot get hot. 
(Did you see what I did there with the rhyme?  lol)

The chopped onion, green pepper, and garlic on the cutting board with a  knife.

Next, as every good chili recipe should, you will need to chop up your green pepper, onion, and garlic.  

The onion, green pepper, and garlic sautéing in the pot.


Once your pan is hot, drop in the chopped vegetables and let sauté until the onions are soft and translucent, and you can smell the garlic wafting up from the pan.

One tip though, stay with this.  Keep stirring continually because you DO NOT want that garlic to burn.  If it does, you will have to start all over, and ain't no body got time for that!

The ground beef being added to the pot.

Once the onions are soft and translucent, and you can smell the garlic, add the ground beef with a little salt and pepper. 

All of the spices being added to the pot.

Let the ground beef fully cook until it is no longer pink.
When the ground beef has fully cooked you will add all of the spices to the pot.
This will help reconstitute all of the oils in the dried spices and give you maximum flavor.
Let this cook for about a minute.

Now this next step is, in my opinion, crucial.
Take a bottle of your favorite dark beer (I believe this was the Samuel Adams Pumpkin Ale) ,pour into the pot, and let it simmer and reduce for about 10 minutes.

Of course if you are not about adding the beer you can use chicken or beef stock.  You can even use water.  However, the flavor you will get from the beer is out of this world, and the alcohol cooks out.  

Tomato puree being added to the pot.

After you have let the beer reduce and the alcohol cook out you will add the crushed tomatoes, 

Brown sugar being added to the pot.

And brown sugar to the pot.


The perfect Chili Recipe simmering in the pot, on the stove.

Stir everything together and taste for seasoning. 
At this point you can add more salt if it needs it, more sugar if you like a really sweet chili, whatever you think it needs.  

Beans being added to the pot.


Now add the beans to the pot. 

The perfect chili recipe simmering in the pot.



Stir everything together, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.


A bowl of the Perfect Chili Recipe topped with cheese, sour cream, and parsley.


And there you have it!  The Perfect Chili Recipe is foolproof, and it is absolutely mouthwatering.  I like to top mine with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a little sour cream or greek yogurt, some chopped parsley, along with my Perfect Sweet Cornbread Muffins.  So as the air gets crisper, and we get deeper and deeper into the colder months, get in the kitchen and give this Perfect Chili Recipe a try!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~

**Also, this recipe is PERFECT in your crockpot.  Just brown the meat in advance, then add it along with everything else into your crockpot.  Cook on LOW all day and you will be ready to eat!**


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Perfect Chili Recipe

A super simple recipe for the most Perfect Chili you have ever tasted!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 45 M

ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 lb. of ground beef (or your ground meat of choice)
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika (or 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika)
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of chicken stock (or one bottle of your favorite dark beer)
  • 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed

instructions:

How to cook Perfect Chili Recipe

  1. Place a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium/high heat. Add the canola oil and allow it to get hot.
  2. Add the green peppers, onions, and garlic. Let cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Add the ground beef to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink.
  4. To the fully cooked ground beef add the spices and cook 1 minutes longer.
  5. Add the dark beer, chicken stock, or water to the pot and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the crushed tomatoes to the pot as well as the beans.
  7. Stir together, bring to a simmer, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  8. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

NOTES:

This is also perfect in the crockpot.

Simple brown the meat, add to your slow cooker, add everything else and cook on LOW all day!
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3 comments

  1. I love the beer in this chili! I'll bet it adds a great depth of flavor! Chili is one of my all time favorites, so I want this one!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Lisa! Yes, the "hoppiness" just elevates everything! I can't wait to hear what you think after you make it.

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