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George’s Chili – The BEST Chili Recipe

Posted by  ·  November 28, 2018  ·  Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Want to try the best Chili Recipe? While I was away last week my husband George came up with his own Chili Recipe. Thankfully he saved me a bowl because it is really good. I mean really good, like the best chili recipe. In fact, if you read the comments someone used this recipe and won a contest.

chili recipe in bowl with onions jalpenos crackers on the side

Maybe I should change the name to award-winning chili recipe.  So if you have searched for the best homemade chili recipe I think we have one for you. You will love the slow-cooked chili full of flavor! Thank you, George!

How do you make hearty chili?

Just follow the instructions and you will have a blue ribbon chili! I think adding a can of diced tomatoes and green chilis along with the other tomatoes give it a nice flavor. My husband says it is the beer that makes this chili. Another difference might be the omission of tomato sauce. He used three different kinds of beans.  I would make sure to use western style ranch beans and the mild chili beans, but you could substitute black beans or kidney beans drained for the pinto beans. Be careful though with substitutions. From the comments, this recipe is good as is.

Grab a large pot and let’s get cooking. I think you could also use a slow cooker for this recipe. Just be sure you are stirring occasionally.

What ingredients do you need for chili?

  • Lean ground beef
  • Ground sausage (we like sage flavored)
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped garlic (I know some people substitute garlic powder NOT garlic salt, but we always use fresh and a garlic press)
  • Beans
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne pepper  (ground red pepper)
  • Paprika
  • Tomato Paste
  • Beef Broth
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Rotel, diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Beer (George’s special ingredient)

The Best Chili Recipe

So here it is an award winning chili recipe! You will see loads of information online about how to thicken chili. If you ever need to do that just make a slurry with about of a 1/4 cup of the chili liquid and 2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch if gluten-free. However, you won’t need to thicken this recipe. In fact, one of the commenters added a bit more beef broth to make it a little less thick.

chili recipe in bowl with onions jalpenos crackers on the side
3.67 from 3 votes

George's Chili Recipe

The best chili recipe.. rich, robust and super delicious! Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese and jalapeños to really throw it over the top.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best recipes, blue ribbon recipes, chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 388 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 lb sage sausage
  • 7 to 8 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2   teaspoon ground red pepper cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2- 6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 1 3/4 cups beef broth
  • 1-12 ounce bottle dark beer or ale George used Ale
  • 3-8 ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2-15 oz cans southwest style pinto beans
  • 1-15 oz can mild chili beans beans
  • 1-15 oz can western style ranch beans
  • 1-10 can mild Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies undrained
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a stock pot, over medium high heat brown beef and sausage, drain. Add in onion and garlic and cook over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent.
  2. Add all the spices and cook 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir in tomato paste and let cook while opening the lids on all the cans. Add remaining chili ingredients; stir until combined. Heat to boiling for a few minutes and stir constantly then reduce heat to low. Cover, simmer 4 hours stirring about every 20 minutes to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Serve with crackers, cheese, or other things such as chopped jalapeño peppers or chopped fresh onions.
Nutrition Facts
George's Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 949mg41%
Potassium 1001mg29%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1260IU25%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Now you know how to make the best chili EVER! I do hope you love this beef chili, it really doesn’t even need any of these toppings!

What toppings go with chili?

We love our chili topped with:

  • chopped onions
  • jalapenos
  • shredded cheddar cheese.
  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • salsa or ketchup (I am not a fan of this, but I see so many people pour on the ketchup)
  • tabasco

What sides go with chili?

Serve any of these ideas with chili

  • World’s Best Cornbread. (I promise you this recipe doesn’t disappoint)
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Corn chips
  • Veggies – We always serve veggies and homemade ranch dip alongside
  • Hot Dogs – YUM! Chili Cheese Dog!
  • Grilled Cheese
  • French Fries – This recipe would make great chili cheese fries

What do you serve with your chili?

Is chili healthy?

Of course, it depends on the individual ingredients in your recipe (and what you serve it with), but most chili recipes are packed full of nutrients that are good for you. The meat and beans provide protein.  The beans also provide fiber and iron. Tomatoes and tomato paste are an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to improve your body’s immune system and can help keep you healthy. Onions are healthy whether they’re raw or cooked! They contain fiber and folic acid, and a B vitamin that helps the body make healthy new cells. Onions are healthy whether they’re raw or cooked! Garlic is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese. Make chili more healthy by choosing your ingredients wisely. Go for low sodium canned tomatoes to cut down on salt. Consider adding in extra veggies like carrots and bell peppers. This recipe does use sausage which would make it a bit higher in fat. Feel free to substitute lean ground beef for the sausage. My weight loss soup is another healthy soup with loads of benefits to your body.

More Chili Recipes

If you love a good chili try my Cincinnati Chili.  It is served over noodles.  I love serving this recipe to a crowd. If you like those one-pot meals my chili mac can be made in a skillet.  If you need a quick chili in 30 minutes that tastes like it cooked all day we also love this pressure cooker chili. It makes a super quick and delicious weeknight dinner. During the winter I think we are eating chili weekly so the pressure cooker makes for a quick meal.

What is the best way to cook chili in a slow cooker?

When we have all day to let something cook  Crock Pot Chili is always a crowd pleaser. It is a great stress-free recipe when company is coming over.  Slow cooker chili is so easy. In fact, I am going to put George’ Chili recipe in the slow cooker soon! This is how I would do it. In a skillet place ground beef, onion, garlic, and cook. Drain off any fat.  Place beef, onion, garlic and remaining ingredients In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker.  Cover and cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.

Chili is a great meal for a crowd. When a have a lot of mouths to feed we also serve walking tacos. They are always a huge hit!

Your search for the best chili is over! I hope you love this great recipe. My husband loves it. (He is a bit partial but it looks like he is not alone. Enjoy!

What are your favorite chili toppings? Since I am gluten free I love corn chips to give a bit of crunch when others are using saltines.

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  1. Bethany
    Saturday, November 10th, 2018
    I haven't used another chili recipe since finding this one a few years ago - it's the best!! I make it just like the recipe says, but I also add 1 tsp. cinnamon and 3 T. brown sugar when adding the spices. It's SO GOOD!!! Thanks for a yummy recipe that's become a family staple!
  2. Tandra
    Thursday, October 19th, 2017
    What is the difference between ranch style beans and southwest pinto beans? I have been unable to find southwest beans.
    • Cindy
      Monday, January 8th, 2018
      I am not sure about the difference between Ranch Style Beans and Southwest Pinto Beans. The can says Ranch Style Beans. Hoping someone can help us.
  3. Tandra
    Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
    Can't wait to make the chili! I do have a question though, my kiddos do not liked diced tomatoes. Do you think I could replace the diced tomatos and paste with crushed or pureed tomatoes? I will of course add the Rotel but I didn't know if crushed or pureed tomatoes would be a good sub for the diced and paste. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!
    • Cindy
      Monday, January 8th, 2018
      Tandra, I think you would be fine making the tomato substitute... just remember the chili might not be as chunky and the paste adds a slight sweetness.
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
      Tandra, I think if I was making a substitution for the tomatoes I would use crushed. Hope that helps.
  4. Amy
    Friday, March 31st, 2017
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe....This is very good chili, some of the best I have ever had....I did add a bit more beef broth to make it a little less thick....Seriously, soooo good!
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
      Thanks Amy, I will let George know! He thinks his recipe is the best ever!
    • Tandra
      Thursday, October 19th, 2017
      Where were you able to find southwest pinto beans? Are these just a different type of ranch style bean? Any help would be appreciated since I'm having trouble finding them😞.
  5. Erin
    Sunday, February 19th, 2017
    Just won our annual chili cook-off with this recipe, and it was our first time making chili! Only change was that we added some siracha at the end. Was a total hit!
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
      Oh my goodness Erin! George is going to be thrilled!Congratulations!
  6. Jeromy
    Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
    Wow. Made this tonight. My son, who does not like chili, took one bite, smiled and said, “If I like it, you know it’s good!” I used ground bison (instead of beef) and for the beer I used Upside Brown Ale by Ommegang Brewery. A few small ‘spicy’ additions were 1/2 tsp ground chipotle and Brian’s suggestion of 1/2 cup of chopped pickeled jalapeños added 1 hour before done. Simply amazing chili. This has become my go-to recipe, hands down.
    • Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
      I am so glad you like it! Thanks for telling me.
  7. Judy Snyder
    Sunday, November 15th, 2015
    i bought most of ingredients for this recipe can not find 8 ounce cans of diced tomatoes they are 14 ounce wondering if this was a error and the 3 8 ounce cans are suppose to be tomato sauce can you please let me know asap thanks
  8. Shelly
    Saturday, September 27th, 2014
    What Ale was used in this recipe? I want to make this EXACTLY like George does. My husband won't eat chili and I am very picky so I am trying to hit 2 birds with one stone.
  9. Brian
    Friday, September 5th, 2014
    Wow. Awesome recipe! This was my first attempt @ making homemade chili. It was pretty easy. Followed the recipe to a "T" except used 1 can of light red kidney beans and 1 can of dark red kidney beans instead of the 2 cans of pinto beans. Also added a little less than 1/2 cup chopped pickled jalepenos about 1/2 hour before final cooking time for a little extra kick. Also, it was a little too watery for my taste so uncovered for the last hour of simmer to evaporate some of the liquid. Came out absolutely perfect. Can't wait to debut this for my iowa/iowa st. football party(go hawks!) Bravo George!
    • Suzan
      Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
      What exact type of beer did you use Brian?

      What exact type of Beer did George use?
  10. Tasha Hudgeons
    Monday, February 3rd, 2014
    I made this last night (minus the beer because I forgot to get it!) And it was delicious! I browned the meats and added the onion and garlic and spiced and stuck it in the crockpot with all the other ingredients for 6 hours. Everyone loved it :)
  11. Jana
    Saturday, February 1st, 2014
    I made your chili last night for my husband and he said it was the best chili he had ever eaten! That is quite the compliment since he LOVES chili and eats it all the time. Thanks George, I'm keeping this recipe!!!!
  12. Sue
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
    I'm considering making this but halving the recipe. We will never eat all this chili. Do I still cook it for 4 hours?
  13. elaine
    Monday, November 25th, 2013
    how many does this serve :)
  14. Amber
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
    Chili cookoff at work and won first place!!
  15. Amber
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
    This was delicious! I used it for a charity
  16. Monday, October 21st, 2013
    This looks like a really nice chilli. It'd be great for a pot luck too!
  17. Yvonne
    Sunday, October 20th, 2013
    I am not familiar with western style ranch beans. Where can you purchase them?
  18. Saturday, October 19th, 2013
    Way to go George! I'll give it a try!
  19. virginia hopper
    Thursday, October 17th, 2013
    I will need to scale down the recipe or else wait and make it for a church supper. Looks and sounds good.