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Chili con Carne Recipe

Chili con Carne Recipe

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 YIELD:8-10 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


  • 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: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Chili con Carne

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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."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

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

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."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

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

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

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

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

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

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

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

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."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2008

"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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