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Easy One Hour Beef Chili Recipe

Warm beef chili with a slightly spicy kick. Perfect for a cool winter night or Fall football game!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Keyword: Chili
Servings: 10
Author: johnniemay


  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 2 white onions
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chili powder ancho is best
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • salt coarse or sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz.
  • 1 can tomato sauce 15 oz.
  • 2 cans beans optional


  • Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and brown the ground beef. Set aside and drain while moving on to the next step.
  • Cook the diced onions in 2 tbsp of oil on medium-low for 8 minutes or until tender. Stir often.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and add 3 cups of water. Scrap the pan.
  • Add the meat to the pan. Stir in the chile powder, cumin, oregano, 1 tbsp. coarse salt, 1 1/2 tsp. pepper and the cayenne. Cook on low for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Combine well, then cook on medium for about 45 minutes or until the tomato flavor is cooked out.
  • (Optional) Add beans and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve with toppings!