This super easy comforting ground beef chili recipe is not only delicious, but the melding of the flavors is perfect! You can either dollop sour cream on it or just sprinkle a little cheese on a big bowl of beef chili!!
Oooo-la-la. I want some super easy comforting beef chili. And I want it NOW!! Christopher is nodding his head and giving me the thumbs up.
I love super easy! Who doesn’t? I can not imagine anyone saying, “No, make a recipe hard or it’s not worth making.” I’m like, “Super easy, for the win!”
Years ago, I received a great chili recipe from one of my sister’s best friends. It was my first foray into making chili and this was a vegetarian chili. I’ve mentioned before that Christopher and I were vegetarians for many years. It’s been years since we’ve been back in the meat eating club, but it still took me a long time after that to make meat dishes at home. Now I make chili with ground turkey or beef.
I haven’t looked back.
I love this chili recipe. It’s one of our staple meals.
I have since modified that original vegetarian recipe: added ingredients, subtracted others and changed up the quantities. But I wanted to give Debbie a shout out for starting me on my chili making journey!
Thank you, Debbie!
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How to make ground beef chili
I start out with green bell pepper, onion, garlic and mushrooms.
I cut the pepper and onion into chunks because I love my chili like my chocolate: chunky. I mince the garlic but leave the mushrooms in slices.
I grab my large saucepan and place it on the stove. I heat it up on medium heat and pour 3 tablespoons of oil. (I don’t actually measure it out, I eyeball it.)
In go the bell peppers and onions.
I sauté them for approximately 8 minutes.
As they are sautéing, I take out the beef and open cans of diced tomatoes and kidney beans.
I always use grass-fed beef. It is more expensive than non grass-fed but the taste really makes the difference. On that note, I also try to buy organic when I can. Our bodies are worth it.
I check the peppers and onions. The peppers should still be a nice green color and the onions not yet translucent.
Time to add the mushrooms and garlic. I stir it around for 2 minutes before I add the beef. I use my metal spatula to cut up the beef.
I stand there and stir it as the beef browns, approximately 3 – 5 minutes. I undercook the beef, leaving parts of it pink.
I gather my spices, which consist of chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, oregano and basil.
Time to add the diced tomatoes and spices.
I stir everything together, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. That is the reason I undercook the veggies and the meat: they will continue to cook during this time.
After 30 minutes, I add the red kidney beans.
I stir them around and let it all simmer for another 10 minutes.
Yay, it’s done!
See how yummy it looks!??
All that is left to do is serve it. I love a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese on my chili. Christopher and I frequently eat our chili with either corn bread or corn muffins, too.
Time to dig in!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we enjoy eating this beef chili!
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
Super Easy Comforting Beef Chili
- 3 tablespoons olive oil or as needed
- 1 green bell pepper cut into chunks
- 1 large onion cut into chunks
- 10 ounces portobello mushrooms sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 56 ounces diced tomatoes 2 cans
- 1 pound ground beef grass-fed
- 3 tablespoons chili powder 3 - 4 or to taste
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 15 ounces red kidney beans 1 can, drained
Garnish and Addons
Shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat a large saucepan on medium heat
- Add olive oil
- Add bell pepper and onions and sauté for 8 minutes
- Add mushrooms and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes
- Add beef and break it up with metal spatula, brown for 3 - 5 minutes until almost done. Some parts should still be pink
- Add diced tomatoes and spices and herbs
- Lower temperature to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes
- Add kidney beans and simmer for additional 10 minutes
- Serve in bowls
- Dollop some sour cream and sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese on top
- Take a spoonful
- Smile at hubby