This chili con carne with ground beef is a serious crowd-pleaser, whether you're hosting a football-watching party or just feeding a hungry family. It has a nice, beefy, beany flavor and just enough spice. You'll be surprised that a chili that comes together in less than an hour has so much flavor. Three types of chile peppers (fresh poblanos, chili powder and chipotles in adobo) add depth and complexity. Poblanos also add some color to the chili--if you can't find them, you can sub bell peppers of any color, though they won't add heat. Using lean ground beef makes this chili healthier and also keeps it from being greasy. Be sure to brown the beef well for the best flavor: you want to stir to break up the chunks, but don't stir too much or the beef won't sear at all. Serve with cornbread and bowls of sour cream, chopped avocado, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro and hot sauce and let everyone customize their own bowl.

Source:, September 2019


Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large heavy pot over high heat. Add beef; cook, stirring occasionally to crumble the meat, until lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Add onions, poblanos and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Add tomato paste, chili powder, chipotles and oregano; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, pinto beans, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Ladle evenly into 8 bowls. Garnish as desired.



To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw, if necessary, and reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/2 cups
353 calories; protein 31.4g; carbohydrates 25.8g; dietary fiber 8.8g; sugars 6.7g; fat 13.9g; saturated fat 4.8g; cholesterol 73.7mg; vitamin a iu 1338.6IU; vitamin c 41.8mg; folate 32.6mcg; calcium 88.9mg; iron 4.4mg; magnesium 4.7mg; potassium 932.5mg; sodium 408.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

4 lean protein, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1/2 fat