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Homemade Chili Recipe

6 servings


50 minutes

total time


2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)

1 yellow onion ($0.49)

2 cloves garlic ($0.32)

1 lb. ground beef ($4.79)

1 15oz. can kidney beans ($1.09)

1 15oz. can black beans ($0.89)

1 15oz. can diced tomatoes ($0.50)

1 6oz. can tomato paste ($0.55)

1 cup water ($0.00)

1 Tbsp chili powder** ($0.30)

1 tsp ground cumin ($0.10)

1/4 tsp cayenne powder ($0.02)

1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)

1/2 tsp onion powder ($0.03)

1/2 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.02)

1 tsp salt ($0.05)

1/2 tsp Freshly cracked black pepper ($0.03)


Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add both to a large pot with the olive oil and cook over medium heat until they are soft and translucent.

Add the ground beef to the pot and continue to sauté until the beef is fully browned.

Drain the beans and add them to the pot along with the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, and all of the ingredients for the chili seasoning. Stir until well combined.

Place a lid on the pot and allow it to simmer over a low flame for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally (the flavor gets better the longer it simmers).

Give the chili one final taste, adjust the salt or seasonings if needed, then serve hot with your favorite toppings.


Serving Size

1 Cup


398 kcal

Total Fat

21 g

Saturated Fat


Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat





468 mg

Total Carbohydrate

30 g

Dietary Fiber

10 g

Total Sugars



23 g

6 servings


50 minutes

total time
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