Easy Homemade Chili Recipe

This easy homemade chili recipe makes a quick and easy dinner that you can throw together before work or in the morning and let it simmer all day long. Throw together a batch of our Best Ever Cornbread and you'll have a full meal the entire family will love!

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1/2 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (28 oz.) can tomatoes (do not drain)
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
13 Tbsp. chili powder (to taste)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans (drained) or 2 cups cooked kidney beans (optional)


  1. Cook and stir ground beef, onion and green pepper in a large 10-inch skillet until the beef is brown and the onion is tender.
  2. Drain.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, tomatoes (with liquid), salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder and garlic powder.
  4. Heat to boiling.
  5. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  6. If using, add the beans to the chili and simmer 5 more minutes to warm the beans.


  • You may add one can of tomato juice to make more chili.