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Chili con Carne

At chili suppers, this chili con carne recipe 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 (about 2-1/2 quarts)


  • 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
  • 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 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
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • sour cream and jalapeno slices, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.
  • In the same pot, heat oil; saute onions until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the green pepper, salt, chili powder, bouillon, cayenne, cinnamon, cumin and oregano. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring until combined.
  • Add tomatoes and browned beef. Stir in water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Add beans and heat through. If desired top with sour cream and jalapeno.

Chili Con Carne Tips

What's the difference between chili and chili con carne?

The Spanish phrase “chili con carne” means chili with meat, but both chili and chili con carne can refer to the authentic spicy dish of meat, chili peppers, beans, tomatoes, seasonings and spices. Check out the many different types of chili you can make!

How do you make chili con carne taste even better?

Chili is an easy dish you can adjust to suit your preferences. You can use any type of beef you choose, replace the water with beef broth for enhanced beef flavor, add more cayenne for extra heat and sprinkle on fresh oregano to brighten the dish. You can also try any of these secret ingredients to upgrade your chili.

Is chili con carne healthy?

Chili is packed with protein and fiber and can be enjoyed with little guilt. You can opt for leaner meat like ground turkey or chicken if you are concerned with the amount of fat.

What do you serve with chili con carne?

Topped with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese, this hearty chili is a meal by itself. But you can also pair it with a simple side salad or slices of buttery cornbread.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 264 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 892mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein.


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  • Althea
    Mar 29, 2020

    Did this today and my family loved it. I used tomato sauce and vegetable stock instead of diced tomatoes and water. I also added scotch bonnet pepper. Turned out great.

  • Dixie
    Feb 22, 2020

    The oregano didn’t work well on a personal like for me or the kids but I made it without the garlic and oregano and was better to me

  • Katie7W
    May 23, 2019

    I found this recipe and have made it several times. It is a winner! I often use a combination of two ground meats such as bison, turkey, chicken, pork and beef and the recipe comes out great every time.

  • Marian
    Apr 1, 2019

    It was very flavorful, but the nutrition could be improved by making the base of the chili using the rich red dried kidney bean broth aprox1/2 gal. It’s how my grandmother and now I have made it for the last fifty plus years.Packed with flavor,too.

  • Deb
    Feb 13, 2019

    Great dish and smelled so delicious! Made a few additions the second time I made it-used 1lb ground pork in place of the ground beef, replaced water with can of consommé, used hotter chili powder, and didn’t drain my beans. Served it on rice and topped it with grated Mexican Five cheese, sour cream and tortilla strips-both recipes were terrific no matter what the name-thanks!!

  • Elena
    Feb 9, 2019

    I plan to make this chili on this snowy February day in Western Washington. My reason for commenting ahead of time is to gently correct or remind one of your other commenters that the words 'con carne' mean 'with meat',so this recipe most definitely DOES have 'con carne'. I plan to omit the bell pepper since I don't have a green one on hand and since we are currently snowed in, I won't be going to the store, :-). I will also take the comments re the cinnamon to heart and add only half as much. Thank you.

    Feb 8, 2019

    This is NOT chili con carne and I believe you know that. This is simply chili! Where's the con carne????

  • tsuop
    Feb 8, 2019

    Wonderful Chili, I don't like green pepper in Chili, so I eliminated that ................. other that that, this is PERFECT!!

  • Tammy
    Dec 10, 2018

    I lost my receipt for the perfect chili con carne, so I used this one. I used more chili powder, much more cumin, season to my taste, added some fresh herbs and it was superb. I think everyones taste buds are different so our seasoning will vary.

  • Sue
    Nov 20, 2018

    Nowhere did this recipe bill itself as Texas chili , and that’s fine since it is what I was looking for. I had to improvise a little because I did not have powdered bullion on hand. I substituted beef broth for the cup of water