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:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 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

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: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Chili Con Carne in Country Woman January/February 1993, p33

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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 ."

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