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A Classic Chili Recipe for Fall

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Saturday, September 22, 2023 - Fall officially begins tomorrow. A perfect time to start cooking those classic meals that weem synonymous with colder weather.

Here is a classic chili recipe for fall.


  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef (you can also use ground turkey or chicken)

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bell pepper, diced (optional)

  • 1 can (15 ounces or 425g) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 ounces or 425g) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (14.5 ounces or 410g) diced tomatoes

  • 1 can (6 ounces or 170g) tomato paste

  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (adjust to taste)

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spiciness)

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • Olive oil for cooking

  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, diced avocado, and sliced jalapeños


  1. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add a bit of olive oil and then add the chopped onions and bell pepper (if using). Sauté for about 5 minutes until they start to soften.

  2. Add the minced garlic and ground beef to the pot. Break up the beef with a spoon or spatula and cook until it's browned and no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.

  3. Stir in the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes to toast the spices and enhance their flavor.

  4. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juice), tomato paste, kidney beans, black beans, and beef or vegetable broth. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

  5. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will meld together. You can simmer for up to 2 hours if you have the time.

  6. Taste the chili and adjust the seasonings with salt, black pepper, and additional chili powder or cayenne pepper if you want it spicier.

  7. Serve hot in bowls with your choice of toppings. Common toppings include shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, diced avocado, and sliced jalapeños.

Enjoy your homemade chili! It's perfect for a cozy and satisfying meal.



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