The Best Homemade Chili

Vivien Chung: "It was amazing!! Whole family loved it. I didn’t…" Read More


  • 1 pound bacon (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 onions (large, diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle (powder, Use 1.5 tablespoons if you like it spicy)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can beer (or bottle, I use Coors Light)
  • 14 ounces black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 14 ounces red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 24 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 24 ounces diced tomatoes
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium32% DV770mg
    Fat40% DV26g
    Protein47% DV24g
    Carbs5% DV15g
    Fiber20% DV5g
    Calories390Calories from Fat230
    Total Fat26g40%
    Saturated Fat9g45%
    Trans Fat1g
    Calories from Fat230
    Total Carbohydrate15g5%
    Dietary Fiber5g20%
    Vitamin A40%
    Vitamin C60%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Vivien Chung 4 days ago
    It was amazing!! Whole family loved it. I didn’t add beer but it was still delicious. The only little comment was from hubby who found it a bit tangy but he still ate 2+ bowls.
    Mike Levy 14 days ago
    Super tasty! I found it really meat heavy which did make delicious, but to increase cost efficiency, next time I’ll double or triple the tomatoes and beans. Definitively a keeper!
    Hi Eloisa 19 days ago
    Everybody loved it. I am making it again. It was very easy. Taste great.
    Nicole a month ago
    Very good and tasty ! Will make again
    Dallan Shovlin a month ago
    Delish. Best chilli I've made. 20/10
    Jarod Wolfe 2 months ago
    Hands down the best chili recipe out there
    Sebena 2 months ago
    I left out the onions and added beef broth. I used a Corona. We will definitely be making this again.
    Jeff Cook 3 months ago
    Pretty easy and excellent flavors.
    Michael B. 4 months ago
    always comes out great. i add 2 tbsp of chipotle powder and 2 tbsp of jalapeno powder for that extra heat.
    Raquel J. 5 months ago
    it turned out great. just added some seasoning salt to taste.
    antoinette m. 5 months ago
    Awesome needs nothing else
    Paul McVicar 5 months ago
    Perfect! Eat it right away, freeze for later or next day - it was wonderful!
    Paul D. 6 months ago
    any recipe that atarts with a pound of bacon and ends with a beer is likely to win.
    Chris Hatfield 6 months ago
    Loved it! We were worried this would be too greasy with the bacon and ground beef (85/15 mix), but it all balanced out.
    Mackenzie D. 7 months ago
    SO good. I didn’t add bacon, and only used 1lb of ground beef so I scaled everything else accordingly as well. So tasty!!
    Missy 7 months ago
    Amazing!! Easy and so full of taste
    Estella 7 months ago
    Great! Lovely and saucy. Never tried beer in chilli before
    Ronnie Cecil 7 months ago
    I don’t know if it’s the best chili but it was great!!!
    Ralstin-Sink 7 months ago
    yummmmy! Hubby loves too! I used antelope burger, elk sausage and burger, then cooked in instant pot. Turned out awesome!
    Suki 7 months ago
    It turned out well, I added 1.5 table spoons more of chili powder
    Sam 7 months ago
    Great flavor! I used a light beer. If the beer is too strong it will taste like beer. It’s a favorite now and I will never buy box kits again.
    Greta Hyland 7 months ago
    This chili is really great and has a nice flavor. I added three jalapeños to add more spice. It’s very thick so you can add beef broth to thin it out a little.
    Erica Gonzalez 7 months ago
    This is the best chili recipe I’ve ever made!
    Michelle Bartley 8 months ago
    Delicious! Wouldn’t change a thing. Yummmm!
    Carly 8 months ago
    Delicious! My spice quantities were a guess, but I will make it again.
    Jessica W. 8 months ago
    Great! I’ve mad this a few times always adding my own twists like hot sausage and roasted corn!!!
    Ashley C. 8 months ago
    Awesome! Will make again!
    Summers 8 months ago
    excellent quick and easy.
    Ana 8 months ago
    My friends love the chili! very tasty
    Ramona Cotton 8 months ago
    Great,I used 2 cups of Heinz Ketchup &3 squirts of sweet baby rays. that gave it more flavor.