Ground Beef Chili

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.


16 servings (4 quarts)

Updated: Sep. 29, 2023
Everyone who tastes my beef chili recipe says that it is restaurant-quality. It's especially good with homemade cornbread. I have always loved to cook, and I enjoy developing original recipes like this one. —Shannon Wright, Erie, Pennsylvania


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons browning sauce, optional
  • Optional toppings: Additional chopped onion and shredded cheese


  1. In a stockpot, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking the beef into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in the beans, tomato puree, salsa, broth, tomatoes, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, water, steak sauce, seasonings and, if desired, browning sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until chili reaches desired thickness. If desired, garnish individual servings with chopped onion and shredded cheese.

Ground Beef Chili Tips

What meat can be used other than ground beef in this beef chili recipe?

For a healthier alternative, try using a leaner type of meat, such as ground turkey or ground chicken. Try 50 other tasty ground turkey recipes, too!

What toppings should be served with beef chili?

There are endless toppings for beef chili—or any of our favorite chilis, for that matter. Garnish with diced avocado, a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, lime wedges, sliced green onions, or even crumbled bacon.

What other vegetables can be added to beef chili?

The best thing about chili is that it can be adjusted however you like! If you are looking for more veggies, try adding cubed sweet potato, fresh corn, diced carrots, or even sliced zucchini or yellow squash. For the ultimate veggie-filled chili, look no further than our contest-winning recipe.

Can beef chili be frozen?

Yes! Place cooled chili in freezer containers and tightly seal, or store flat in zip-top freezer bags. Freeze for up to three months. Remove the day before you want to eat, allowing chili to thaw in the fridge overnight.

What is the secret ingredient for the best beef chili?

The salsa in this recipe will give your chili an extra-zippy flavor, and the addition of Worcestershire and steak sauce lends some smokiness and tang.

Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 242 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 611mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.