homemade chili recipe
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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
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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.
Recipe type: main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-12 servings
  • 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
  • ½ 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
  1. Assemble all ingredients on your kitchen counter.
  2. Chop the onions, garlic, and all fresh peppers. Place in separate bowls until ready to use.
  3. In a large soup or stock pot brown the hamburger.
  4. Add in the onions, garlic, and all fresh peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions are tender.
  5. Stir in all tomatoes and tomato paste.
  6. Stir in the kidney beans.
  7. Stir in the chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  8. 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 corn bread.

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AboutLaura Jean Warnke

Laura Jean Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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