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The Best Chili Recipe is one that is loaded with beef and beans and absolutely full of flavor… just like this one! Chili is hands down one of my husband’s favorite meals (and I love it because it’s easy to make)!
This easy chili recipe cooks on the stovetop and is perfect served alongside Homemade Cornbread, buttered toast or Buttermilk Biscuits. Add in your favorite toppings like cheese and onions for the perfect meal.
How to Make Chili
While I sometimes make crockpot chili, this easy version is great for a weeknight meal! Making chili is really easy! In this recipe I add bell pepper but you can skip it or add your own favorite veggies mushrooms and peppers, zucchini are all great choices).
How to Cook Chili
- Brown the some, onions, garlic and beef of the chili powder.
- Drain any fat.
- Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered.
Seriously, it’s that easy to make the best chili recipe!
How to Thicken Chili
When making chili on the stove, I simmer it uncovered which allows the chili to naturally thicken without having to add cornstarch or flour.
While thickening chili by simmering is the best option, you may not always have time to let it reduce. If you don’t have time to simmer it to thicken you can sprinkle in a little bit of cornmeal or make a cornstarch or flour slurry and add it in.
If you can spare a few extra minutes, just let it simmer uncovered.
What to Serve with Chili
My #1 favorite of course is cornbread or just plain ol’ toast with butter. Pretty much any bread to sop up whatever is left in the bottom of my bowl! 30 Minute Dinner Rolls are great with chili too!
I always put out a collection of toppings… and while everyone has a different idea as to what goes with chili I have a few staples:
Can You Freeze Chili?
100% yes. Chili freezes and reheats beautifully. We freeze it in single sized portions for lunches or in freezer bags for a easy and quick weeknight meal.
Defrost in the fridge overnight and heat in a saucepan (or the microwave) to serve.