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4.60 from 5 votes

Chili Con Carne

A meat packed chili that is loaded with flavor but doesn't take much work to make. This is an easy chili recipe the whole family will love.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 50 minutes


Spice Mix

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

The Rest

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • ½ Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 32 ounces whole peeled tomatoes chopped
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce more to taste
  • 15 ounces kidney beans drained


  • Mix all the spices together in a small bowl, by whisking them until combined. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil. Once oil is hot, add onions, garlic, and half the spice mixture. Saute for 1 minute, then add in the green peppers.
  • Cook until peppers are soft.
  • Add ground beef to onion and pepper mix, and break up as you brown it.
  • Add bouillon and red wine, and stir in.
  • Cook for 2-3 minute until bouillon is dissolved into mixture.
  • Add chopped tomatoes (with juiceand tomato paste.
  • Add remaining spice mixture.
  • Turn heat up to a high heat, and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to medium, cover, and let simmer for 90 minutes.
  • After 90 minutes, stir in kidney beans and hot sauce.
  • Look at thickness, and if needed, add water or beef stock.
  • Continue to simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  • If chili is too thin, let continue to simmer with lid off until desired thickness is achieved.
  • Taste, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with cheese, chips, sour cream, jalapenos, cilantro, or whatever you like to garnish it with.