Chili Con Carne.

Belly warming Chili with beans and cheese for a cold night.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 7 1 cup servings
Calories 279.52kcal
Author The Art of Doing Stuff


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 cup tomato sauce you can use canned spaghetti sauce if you have it in the cupboard
  • 1 28 oz. kidney beans can drained
  • 1 14 oz. can of baked beans in tomato sauce not drained - make sure the beans aren't in molasses. That's TOO sweet.
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbsps. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. hot pepper flakes Or more to taste
  • 4 shakes hot sauce I use Tabasco
  • 2 marinated chipotle peppers mashed (the type from a can)
  • 1 chili pepper of your choice I use yellow banana peppers or jalapeƱo
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Big old grinding of fresh pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Cut your hot pepper in half. Remove the seeds and membrane. Finely dice one half of the hot pepper. Reserve the other half.
  • Add ground beef, onions, garlic and diced hot pepper to pot and cook until onions are transluscent and beef is browned. Pull beef and onion garlic aside to make room at the bottom of the pot to toast the spices until you can smell them. 30 seconds or so.
  • Add remaining ingredients (including the reserved half pepper)
  • Bring to boil.
  • Simmer for 2+ hours with the lid off.


Taste your chili as it's cooking and adjust it to your liking. If you want more chili flavour add more cumin and chili powder. Need it hotter? Add in more pepper flakes. Too thick? Add some more tomato sauce or the juice from the drained tomatoes.
Don't forget the toppings!
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Crumbled Tortilla Chips
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Green Onions
  • Avocado
  • Hot Pepper Flakes
  • Pickled JalapeƱos


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 279.52kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.9g | Protein: 18.03g | Fat: 20.1g | Saturated Fat: 7.57g | Cholesterol: 69.02mg | Sodium: 543.85mg | Potassium: 488.79mg | Fiber: 2.57g | Sugar: 3.06g | Vitamin A: 1464.79IU | Vitamin C: 13.55mg | Calcium: 40.81mg | Iron: 3.18mg