Best Homemade Chili

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours


16-20 servings

Updated: Oct. 22, 2022
I won a prize of the country fair with this homemade chili recipe! We like our chili hot, so I add lots of red pepper, you can add as much or as little as you like. —Ruby Callander, Elk Grove, California


  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • Crushed dried red pepper flakes to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 can (15 ounces, one 29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar


  1. In a large Dutch oven or soup kettle, brown beef with onions until the beef is brown and the onions are tender; drain. Stir in spices and tomato sauce.
  2. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Combine flour and vinegar; stir into chili. Simmer another 15 minutes or until thickened.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 208 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 336mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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