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A pot of Homestyle Beef Chili, a classic comfort food.



A rich and flavorful chili full of beef and beans.  This is the ultimate comfort food that is perfect on a chilly fall evening.



2 pounds of ground beef

2 stalks celery, finely minced

1 large sweet onion, finely minced

1 red or green bell pepper, finely minced

3 (14-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, chopped with the juice

1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (I like Rotel)

1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce (I love the Mutti brand of imported Italian tomatoes)

1 cup beef stock

1 cup water

2 (1.25 ounce) packages McCormick Chili Seasoning Mix

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 (14-ounce) can small kidney beans, undrained

1 (14-ounce) can white beans, undrained

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 tablespoons butter


In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, spread and pat down ground beef onto the bottom of the Dutch oven.  Allow to brown and carmelize – about 5 – 6 minutes. Flip, using 2 spatulas and cook the other side for 5 -6 minutes.  Use a spoon or ground meat chopper to break up the meat into small pieces.  

Dump the cooked beef into a colander in your sink to drain off excess fat and liquid.  Add the beef back to the Dutch oven.

Add the celery, onion and bell pepper to the beef.  Cook, stirring until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the chopped stewed tomatoes, the tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, beef stock, and water.  Stir well to combine. Bring it to a simmer. Stir in the chili seasoning, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, and sugar.

Mix in the kidney and white beans with their liquids.  Bring the mixture just up to a full boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for at least 1 ½ hours, stirring often.

Stir in the white vinegar, hot sauce, and butter.    Simmer another 30 minutes and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.

Serve hot with shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced scallion, and tortilla chips as a garnish.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American

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