Chili con Carne Recipe
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Chili con Carne Recipe

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At chili suppers, this one always disappears first! It's nice at home, too, since the longer it sits in the refrigerator, the better the taste seems to get. —Janie Turner, Tuttle, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 268 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 835mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, heat oil; saute onions until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the green pepper, salt, chili powder, cayenne, cinnamon, cumin and oregano. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring until combined.
  3. Add tomatoes and browned beef. Stir in bouillon and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Add beans and heat through. Yield: 10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Chili Con Carne in Country Woman January/February 1993, p33

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angerose1 User ID: 8931648 253956
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2016

"This is a great recipe. I added diced jalapenos, a second can of beans and cooked it in a crock-pot. The smell and taste was amazing. Would highly recommend this recipe."

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 248434
Reviewed May. 20, 2016

"Not my favorite chili recipe. Cinnamon was overpowering, even though it was such a small amount. I added garlic powder to the dish with the minced garlic as well."

pilot02e User ID: 8779174 244476
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"I just made this and its on the list to make it again at a later date."

janma User ID: 4069782 31339
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"I love this chili Con Carne. I think this not Texas chili. Texas chili is not called Con Carne. Too bad some people don,t know the difference. I like it both ways."

minibarb User ID: 3381939 37828
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"justjinn, It's called chili con Carne... "chili with beans"!!"

justjinn User ID: 3097092 31337
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"No beans in chili! The Texas Food God will strike you down ."

Olsonje01 User ID: 6941696 36951
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"Its the perfect chili!! I added more Beans the second time."

CWyatt User ID: 3826639 13407
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"I used ground turkey, chicken and vegetable broths instead. Delicious!"

Isolda User ID: 2915263 13310
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"The longer this sits, the better. It reheats beautifully and can even be frozen. I don't add the beans if I intend to freeze it, but add them after thawing."

jklinnert User ID: 1336272 11060
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2008 Edited Dec. 15, 2016

"We really, really liked this recipe. I added an extra can of kidney beans, and would probably use a little bit less salt because I like to put saltine crackers in my chili."

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