Beef Chili Recipe – Easy Dinner Recipes

This beef chili recipe is delicious - even my finicky son loves it. I put in extra vegetables to make it healthier. It can easily be made with ground chicken or turkey instead of ground beef. It is a perfect winter warm up recipe and an easy dinner the family will love.

Easy Beef Chili Recipe

  • 1 kg or 2 pounds of lean ground beef. You can use ground chicken or turkey instead.
  • 3 onions, chopped fine
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 5 large carrots, cut in cubes (cut up smaller if you need to hide the vegetables from your kids)
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (You can use chicken or vegetable broth instead - especially with ground chicken)
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (approx 5.5 oz)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup mild paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper - more if you like spicy
  • 1 can of red kidney beans (approx 19 oz)
  • Grated cheddar cheese to top (optional)

Step 1: Put the ground beef and onions in a skillet. Brown the ground beef over medium heat and drain any fat.

Step 2: Add in the garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes and beef broth. Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until the vegetables are softer. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except for the kidney beans.

Step 3: Cook over low heat for an hour. (If you are in a rush, you can cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.) You can also put it in a slow cooker at this point and leave it cook on low for hours.

Step 4: Add in the kidney beans for the last 10 minutes. Serve the chili in a bread bowl, over rice or pasta, or just on its own.

This recipe makes a great family dinner, especially on cold nights. Leftovers can be reheated and put in a thermos for great school or work lunches. Kids love to help in the kitchen and learn to cook. Let them help put the ingredients in (good for math) and stir it together. They will be proud they made something so delicious!

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