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 chili contest.

chili recipe in bowl with onions jalpenos crackers on the side

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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 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.

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
A bowl of the best chili topped with shredded cheese, chopped onions, and slice jalapeños; there is a silver spoon and saltine crackers to the sides of the bowl

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.

You can make chili more healthy by choosing your ingredients wisely. Go for low sodium canned tomatoes to cut down on salt. Consider adding 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’s Chili recipe in the slow cooker soon! This is how I would do it. In a skillet place ground beef, onion, garlic, and cook on medium-high heat. Drain off any fat.  Place beef, onion, garlic, and remaining ingredients In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker (affliliate link).  Cover and cook on a low heat setting for 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.

If you need a quick dinner try this taco soup! I always keep the ingredients on hand when I need a last-minute meal.

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chili recipe in bowl with onions jalpenos crackers on the side
5 from 9 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.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve with crackers, cheese, or other things such as chopped jalapeño peppers or chopped fresh onions.


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 949mg | Potassium: 1001mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1260IU | Vitamin C: 9.1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 5.4mg
Servings: 8
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

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  1. Made this in the crockpot and it was a crowd pleaser! I made a couple adjustments for my own spin in it by using the sage sausage, 1lb organic beef, 1lb organic bison, 1lb organic lamb and eliminated onions but substituted onion powder and generous amount of yellow mustard to help cut the acid. Just before serving stirred in 2 small cans chopped jalapeno

  2. Thanks so much for the excellent recipe. I had in mind to make turkey chilli, soaked a cup of pinto and a cup of kidney beans. Next day, browned the turkey. UGH. Ground Turkey just doesn’t have texture or taste anymore. So here I am with soaked beans, so I cooked them, all day… NOW what?
    I scanned the freezer and found a one pound tube of breakfast sausage.
    Halved all your ingredients (skipped the beer, we don’t drink) used beef, better than bouillon. And the beans.
    WOW !!!! Just excellent, nice rich chilli, so good I don’t want cheese or sour cream. Just a lil chopped scallion.

  3. I agree. There are no 8oz cans of diced tomatoes. Tomato sauce comes in 8 oz cans. Not sure what they meant. Other comments have talked about diced tomatoes and substitutions. Can someone clarify, please?

  4. Tandra, I think if I was making a substitution for the tomatoes I would use crushed. Hope that helps.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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😞.

  9. What is the difference between ranch style beans and southwest pinto beans? I have been unable to find southwest beans.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

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