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Ground Beef Chili

Everyone who tastes my chili comments that it is restaurant-quality. It's especially good with homemade corn bread. I have always loved to cook, and I enjoy developing original recipes like this one. —Shannon Wright Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (4 quarts)


  • 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 (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons steak sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons browning sauce, optional
  • Additional chopped onion and shredded cheese, optional


  • In a stockpot, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
  • Stir in the beans, tomato puree, salsa, tomatoes, broth, water, 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 with chopped onion and cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 242 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 611mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Barbara
    Feb 11, 2021

    for mcorell, cut the recipe in one third.

  • krindfleisch
    Apr 20, 2020

    Very good. I served it with with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions. Definitely a keeper.

  • mcorell
    Apr 12, 2020

    I wouldnand#039;t even consider making this. Not everyone needs this much chili. why not a recipe using one pound of ground beef.

  • saw-whet
    Oct 27, 2019

    This is excellent. I made it exactly as written except that I reduced the chili powder by 1/2.

  • gaylene2
    Feb 8, 2019

    My husband LOVED this recipe! He keeps asking for more! I'll definitely make it again with all the compliments he gave me!!

  • astarzynski
    Jan 27, 2019

    Made this at camp for a group of people. Everyone loved.

  • Gaye
    Oct 29, 2018

    I think this is a great recipe! I made it with my All Clad slow cooker which allows me to saute the ground beef, onion, and celery on my stove top and then insert it into the slow cooker....I ran it on high til it boiled and then set it at low for about 2 more hours. I was out o chili powder so I did the substitutes one can used as specified on the web. I used a couple different types of canned beans I had on hand and also used my canned salsa which was made with red and yellow and orange peppers. I am sorry I am not rating the recipe as it is stated exactly, but my substitutes worked well. I shall try it sometime exactly as stated. I also read all the reviews beforehand which were most appreciated by me.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 24, 2017

    Served with shredded cheese and sour cream this chili is awesome!!

  • Shannon74
    Feb 21, 2017

    I absolutely love this recipe! I made it once, loved it, and then forgot where I got it from and have been looking for it ever since. I'm so glad I ran across it again while looking for a recipe to make for one of my kids events! It's now in "My Favorite Recipes" board on Pinterest so I don't ever lose it again! Thank you for sharing!

  • annlindblad
    Oct 2, 2016

    Easy, good. I added sugar....