Spiced Chili

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours


12 servings (about 3 quarts)

Updated: Mar. 30, 2023
My father was a cook in the Army and taught me the basics in the kitchen. My childhood baby-sitter inspired my love of cooking, too...in fact, she gave me this recipe. —Julie Brendt, Antelope, California


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, water and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Discard bay leaves. Garnish with cheese if desired.
Editor's Note: If you like to make the chili on the stovetop, use a Dutch oven instead of a skillet to cook the beef, onion and garlic. Add the ingredients to the Dutch oven instead of the slow cooker. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 236 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 1240mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein.

Recommended Video

More from Taste of Home