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Simple Homemade Chili Recipe

This no-frills basic chili recipe is ready for your personal touch. Learn how to make classic chili and what you can add to make it your own! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Keyword: easy, gluten free
Total Cost: $9.28 recipe / $1.55 serving
Servings: 6 1 cup each


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 1 yellow onion $0.49
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.32
  • 1 lb ground beef $4.79
  • 15 oz can kidney beans $1.09
  • 15 oz can black beans $0.89
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes $0.50
  • 6 oz can tomato paste $0.55
  • 1 cup water $0.00

Chili Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder** $0.30
  • 1 tsp ground cumin $0.10
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder $0.03
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground pepper $0.03


  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add both to a large pot with the olive oil and cook over medium heat until they are soft and transparent. Add the ground beef and continue to sauté until the beef is fully browned.
  • Drain the beans and add them to the pot along with the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, and all of the ingredients for the chili seasoning. Stir until well combined. Place a lid on the pot and allow it to simmer over a low flame for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally (the flavor gets better the longer it simmers). 
  • Give the chili one final taste, adjust the salt or seasonings if needed, then serve hot with your favorite toppings.


**The chili powder used is a mild blend of dried chilies and other spices. It is not spicy or hot. Click here for an example.