Mom's Chili


This healthy basic beef chili recipe is well worth doubling so you can throw a batch in the freezer. Serve topped with diced red onion, sliced scallions, shredded cheese and your favorite hot sauce.

Mom's Chili
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 3 cups finely chopped onions

  • 2 cups finely chopped green bell peppers

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% or leaner)

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 14-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • Ground pepper to taste

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, peppers and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 15 minutes. Add beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 7 to 8 minutes. Add water, tomatoes and their juice, tomato paste, bay leaves, chili powder, cumin, vinegar, salt, pepper and cayenne; stir well to combine. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.

  2. Stir in beans and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes more. Remove bay leaves before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
13g Fat
23g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size generous 1 cup
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 27g 53%
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Vitamin A 1897IU 38%
Vitamin C 46mg 51%
Folate 54mcg 13%
Sodium 674mg 29%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 5mg 27%
Magnesium 62mg 15%
Potassium 940mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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