Cozy Homemade Chili

March 5, 2017

Dinner Main Course Recipes Slow Cooker

We love chili in our house, it’s the perfect easy meal with a side of homestyle honey cornbread. This Easy Homemade Chili Recipe takes no time at all to assemble, and can be made in a Crock Pot or simmer on the stove for hours while you sit back and relax. You’ll be pulling this recipe out for busy weeks, a lazy stay-at-home weekend supper, game days, and weekend BBQ’s. It always ends up simmering away at our house for so many special occasions, and without fail a tradition on Super Bowl Sunday and Halloween night. I hope you enjoy!

I just made this for the family & they loved it! Thanks for a good recipe that wasn’t difficult!! – Dana 

Just made this for dinner tonight. My son kept saying, ” I love this. There’s nothing about this I don’t like!” – Marisa

5 from 1 vote

Easy Homemade Chili

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Author Stasia Wimmer


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ large yellow onions , finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves , finely minced
  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle wheat beer (Wheat Ale)
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes with juices
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans white kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 (7 oz) can diced green chilies (or substitute with desired amount of diced jalapeño)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt , add more or less to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper , add more or less to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin , add more or less to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder , add more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon spicy Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced scallions


  1. In a large Dutch oven or stock pot add 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions; sauté until translucent. Add minced garlic; sauté for just a few minutes making sure not to burn the garlic. Add ground beef and cook until nicely browned; skim off some of the fat, leaving some for added flavor.
  2. Add the wheat beer, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juices, white kidney beans, red kidney beans, and diced green chilis; stir well. Add seasonings, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, ground cumin, chili powder, spicy paprika, and dried oregano; mix well until nicely incorporated. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer slightly covered for about 2 hours, or until you are ready to eat, stirring occasionally so it doesn't stick to the bottom.
  3. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of sliced scallions. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

1. Smart Pantry Tip: Keep an extra can of tomato sauce or carton of beef stock in the pantry to use as an added splash of liquid if needed. Diced jalapeño and a dash of tabasco sauce can be added for more heat.

2. Crock Pot: You can easily place all the ingredients after sautéing onions, garlic, and browning ground beef into a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours, (P.S. sauté onions, garlic, and brown ground beef the night before, assemble everything into the Crock Pot before work.)

3. Freezes well.


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Hi Stasia!

I just made this for the family & they loved it! Thanks for a good recipe that wasn’t difficult!!
Xo, Dana Gherardi

Thank you Dana, I really appreciate it! I’m glad your family liked it!

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