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Hearty Ground Beef Chili

Heidi Davison
This chili recipe is perfect for big family cooking! It is easy to make, delicious, and inexpensive. It can be made stove top or in the slow cooker and it is freezer friendly.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp light olive oil
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 Tbsp chili seasoning or 1 chili seasoning packet
  • 1 15 oz can each of great northern beans pinto beans, and dark red kidney beans
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp hot sauce like Tapatio
  • Topping: shredded sharp cheddar cheese or light sour cream


  • Saute the diced onion in the oil until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in the tomatoes and chili seasoning.
  • Stir to combine. The mixture should be thick.
  • Pour in the 3 cans of beans, undrained.
  • If you like hot sauce, add it here.
  • Stir well and cook over medium-high heat until the chili boils.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally in order to prevent burning on the bottom of the pan.
  • Serve warm topped with cheddar cheese or sour cream.
  • In the Crockpot:
  • Cook as the onion and ground beef as directed above and move to the Crockpot.
  • Add in all the other ingredients and stir.
  • Cook on LOW for 6 hours.
  • To Freeze:
  • Let chili cool before packaging.
  • Package in gallon ziplock bags or airtight containers.
  • To thaw, let it sit in your refrigerator overnight or run warm water over the ziplock.
  • Heat in a large pan until warm and bubbling.