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The Best Homemade Chili Recipe

Best Homemade Chili RecipeThis really is the best homemade chili recipe and I absolutely love this chili recipe! For 20 years we’ve always used Carroll Shelby’s Chili Mix and it’s fantastic, but the mix isn’t always easy to find. For about the past five years or so, I’ve been trying to do away with spice mixes (taco season packs, salad dressing packs, etc.) but I was always reluctant to try a “real” chili recipe. I figured why bother? I’m so glad I stumbled upon Pat Neely’s chili recipe, because with a few tweaks, it’s amazing!

Homemade Chili with Ground Beef?

Bacon, ground beef, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a bunch of spices, make this recipe a real keeper. The original recipe calls for a combo of ground pork and ground beef. I grind our meat in my LEM meat grinder, and I’ve made this recipe with 50% pork, 50% beef, and I’ve also made it with 100% beef. Honestly, I really couldn’t tell the difference between the two. Since pork is typically cheaper than beef, I’ve found using half ground pork does save money.

Homemade Chili with Beans

I love beans, but I always thought I preferred my chili without beans…. Until I tried this recipe! I also always thought I didn’t like red kidney beans, just the thought of them makes me think of dry mealy big huge red beans, but I’ve found I really LOVE red kidney beans in this recipe. Simmering the chili for 1.5 hours really transforms the red beans into something quite delicious, and gives the chili deep layers of flavor! I recommend you give this recipe a go, I think you will be pleasantly surprised because this recipe is a keeper!

Homemade Chili Recipe from Scratch

Chili From Scratch Bacon Ends
In a large non-stick dutch oven brown diced bacon or bacon ends.  The original recipe called for applewood smoked bacon, I’ve used the applewood smoked bacon and regular bacon, I really couldn’t tell the difference, in the end, product.
Homemade Chili From Scratch
When bacon is almost done, add in chopped onions and bell pepper, and cook until the onions look done.  Next add in the minced garlic and spices.  Add the raw ground beef to the pot, and cook until no longer pink.
Chili From Scratch Meat Cooked
Finally, it’s time to add in a can or bottle of beer, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed red kidney beans, and black beans.
Best Ground Beef Chili Recipe

This is what the chili looks like at this point.  Now it’s time to bring it up to a low simmer, cover, and simmer for 1.5 hours.

While simmering, if your chili needs more water add a little.  During the first hour of simmering the chili, I like to stir the chili every 10-15 minutes.  For the last half hour of cooking, I’ll stir the chili every 8-10 minutes.  If you aren’t using a non-stick dutch oven, you may need to stir the pot more often.

This is what the chili looks like after simmering for 1.5 hours.

Best Chili Recipe

Optional Chili Add-Ins

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Minced White Onion
  • Diced Green Onions
  • Sour Cream
  • Crushed Saltine Crackers
  • Oyster Crackers
  • Tamed Nacho Rings
  • Crumbled Corn Bread

The Best Homemade Chili

The Best Homemade Chili Recipe

Fantastic homemade chili recipe! This recipe makes a lot! If you are cooking for a small family, you may want to half the recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course One Pot Meals
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • 1 pound raw bacon - cut into small pieces
  • 1 large onion - diced
  • 1 red bell pepper - seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper - seeded and diced
  • 6 cloves garlic - minced
  • 4.5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1.5 tablespoons paprika
  • .5 to 1.5 tablespoons chipolte powder Use 1.5 tablespoons if you like it spicy
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • .5 teaspoon cayenne powder optional
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can or bottle beer I use Coors Light
  • 1 - 14 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 - 14 ounce can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 - 24 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - 24 ounce can diced tomatoes


  • Cook diced bacon over medium heat in a large non-stick dutch oven or pot. When bacon is almost done, add in diced onion and bell peppers and cook until softened.
  • Add in minced garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, chipolte powder, dried oregano, salt, and cayenne powder. Cook a minute or two until aromatic.
  • Add in ground beef to bacon-onion mixture. Cook until ground beef is no longer pink.
  • Stir in can of beer, rinsed and drained beans, crushed tomatoes with juice, and diced tomatoes with juice.
  • Cover and simmer on low (for me it's #3) 1.5 hours. Add in a little water, if necessary. The first hour stir the pot every 10-15 minutes, and the last 30 minutes stir the pot every 5-10 minutes. You may need to stir more often depending on your pot and how hot your burner gets.
  • Taste of salt.

Recipe inspired by Pat Neely’s homemade chili recipe.

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Saturday 30th of March 2024

Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me.

Cain N. K. Parrish

Monday 11th of December 2023

Wow, this blogger is seriously impressive!


Monday 13th of November 2023

Wonderful recipe! Each time I make this recipe, it never lasts one day. I add two tbs of cocoa and I also make extra bacon on the side and use some of the bacon grease to pour in the last mins of cooking.

James Hanner

Monday 16th of October 2023

Made the chili per your recipe. Added an additional can of beans, as I like beans. Glad I followed the recipe as it turned out great. Really tasty! Plus it can be spicier for people that like that. My family likes medium spice. This will be in my go to recipe book for sure.


Sunday 10th of September 2023

Wow! Great chili. I did less bacon(3 strips) and no beer. (Water instead)

It was a great chili recipe!

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