Homemade Chili Recipe With Kidney Beans

An easy homemade chili recipe with ground beef, peppers, and kidney beans and topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese. Serve for a weekend meal with buttermilk cornbread.

Everyone seems to have a favorite homemade chili recipe and this is ours. This is a thick and hearty main dish that does not use noodles.

Although this recipe is spicy by most people’s standards, you can tame it down by using less of the peppers and spices.

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When the weather turns cooler nothing tastes as good as a bowl of homemade chili topped with a spoonful of sour cream and extra shredded cheddar cheese.

Serve this chili with homemade buttermilk corn bread for a filling fall or winter meal. This cornbread is special because it won’t fall apart!

Easy Homemade Chili Recipe

An easy homemade chili recipe with ground beef, peppers, and kidney beans and topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese. Serve for a weekend meal with buttermilk cornbread.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time2 hours
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade chili recipe
Servings: 8
Author: Laura Warnke


  • 2 pounds ground hamburger at least 80-20%
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 2 Cayenne peppers chopped
  • 1/2 Red or Green Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Habanero pepper chopped
  • 1-28 ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 1-28 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 2-6 ounce cans tomato paste
  • 3-15 ounce cans dark red kidney beans
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Assemble all ingredients on your kitchen counter.
  • Chop the onions, garlic, and all fresh peppers. Place in separate bowls until ready to use.
  • In a large soup or stock pot brown the hamburger.
  • Add in the onions, garlic, and all fresh peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions are tender.
  • Stir in all tomatoes and tomato paste.
  • Stir in the kidney beans.
  • Stir in the chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil and then turn back the heat to low and simmer for 60 minutes.


Serve with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese for a hearty fall or winter meal.
Serve this chili with homemade buttermilk cornbread.

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