9 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe serve with chips

This pot of chili is not too hot.

This pot of chili is not too spicy.

This pot of chili is just right!

Actually this pot of chili is way past just right. It’s absolutely phenomenal!

There’s nothing like cold winter weather to inspire me to eat a big bowl of chili and thankfully, I can cook a homemade pot of chili that is full of delicious flavor. Of course, this recipe is grain free which automatically means it is also gluten free. Being grain free is really an important factor for me and maybe it is for you too.

I’ve played around with chili ingredient combinations for a long time. I used to like my chili so hot that my hair was smoking on the ends, but now I just like a small kick without the burn. If you like LOTS of heat, just add more cayenne pepper and pepper flakes than is called for in the recipe.

I actually made the Best Simple Homemade Chili on Super Bowl Sunday this year. The Dallas Cowboys weren’t in the Super Bowl, but I figured I would at least have good food while I watched the Seattle Seahawks beat the New England Patriots. That was not to be! The Seattle Seahawks second-and-goal play at the New England 1-yard line with only 26 seconds left of the game was one of the dumbest calls I’ve ever seen in football…especially a Super Bowl! At least I had my bowl full of chili to comfort me!

Sherry’s Best Simple Homemade Chili

This recipe is very easy. Most of the work is done by the stove and the timer! All you have to do is add the ingredients, stir and taadaa…chili! Let me show you how simple it is to make Sherry’s Best Simple Homemade Chili recipe.

As you can tell, I prefer to use organic ingredients as well as grass fed beef. For an excellent rich beef flavor without lots of fat, I use grass fed ground sirloin and ground Angus beef. Break the beef up with a large spoon or your fingers.

1 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe ground beef

Add the chopped onions to the beef in the pan and turn the heat on medium. Let it cook slowly and you won’t even need to add any oil to the pan. The onions will sweat and the beef will release much of the liquid, so the beef mixture shouldn’t stick to your pan. Cook until the meat is brown, without pink and the onions have caramelized a nice brown color.

2 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe add chopped onions

While the beef and onions are cooking in the pan, put a large pot on the stove and add the beans without their liquid. I love the assortment of colors and bean flavors. Beans are among my favorite foods and luckily, they are very nutritious! Beans are packed with protein and provide a good portion of our suggested daily allowance for Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin and Folate.

3 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe add 60 ounces of beans

Add both the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes to the bean pot.

4 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe add tomatoes

If your beef and onions have browned sufficiently, add them to the bean pot as well.

5 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe add browned beef and onions

Now add the spices…chopped organic garlic or organic garlic powder, organic chili powder, an organic bay leaf, organic ground cumin, organic dried parsley, organic ground oregano, Himalayan sea salt, organic ground pepper or organic ground white pepper, and organic cayenne pepper.

6 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe add spices

Stir really well, but don’t “beat” the ingredients or you will mash the beans and break the bay leaf.

7 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe stir and simmer

Oh yes, I almost forgot to add organic red pepper flakes! I don’t add enough to make this fiery hot. I use all different kinds of heat spices because each have a different effect on the tastebuds. However, there’s not enough of any of them to burn you up or make your hair smoke. Just saying!

8 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe add red pepper flakes

After all the ingredients cook together for a long time, the beans will be soft and squishy. All the spices will have released their flavors throughout the ingredients in the pot and the chili will be very delicious. Scoop some big spoonfuls in a bowl, top with grated cheese and raw onions if desired and serve with a side of grain free potato chips.

Mmmmmmm, delicious.

10 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe top with cheese and raw onions

Would you like to try a bite of my very delicious chili recipe?

11 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe want a bite

I think I’m going to sit down right now and finish this piping hot bowl of chili.

12 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe not too hot just right

My suggestion to you is either to hop into the kitchen and make some chili following the Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe or to come on over and share a bowl with me. 😉

13 Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe yum

Well? Which is it going to be? {{{hugsss}}}

Best Simple Homemade Chili Recipe, Easy Yet Full Of Delicious Flavor

Ingredients for chili

1 lb ground sirloin, grass fed
1 lb ground angus beef, grass fed
1 large organic onion
25 ounces organic black beans
25 ounces organic kidney beans
10 ounces organic pinto beans
(total of 60 ounces of beans and you can change the type combination)
15 ounces organic tomato sauce
15 ounces organic diced tomatoes
3 cups water if using canned beans or 5 cups if using dried beans that have been soaked overnight
5 cloves of organic garlic or 1/2 teaspoon organic garlic powder
2 tablespoons organic chili powder
1 organic bay leaf
1 teaspoon organic ground cumin
1 teaspoon organic dried parsley
1 teaspoon organic ground oregano
1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
1/4 teaspoon organic ground pepper or organic ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon organic cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon organic red pepper flakes

Ingredients for optional topping when served

– chopped organic onions, 2 tablespoons per bowl
– grated cheese, 1/9-1/4 cup per bowl depending on bowl size


Brown the beef and chopped onion on medium. If needed, use a couple tablespoons of olive oil to keep from sticking to the pan, but usually the liquid from the ingredients and the low temperature preclude needing oil.

In a large pot add the rest of the ingredients.

Add browned beef and onion to the other ingredients in the pot.

Turn on medium heat, bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 1 hour if using canned beans or 3 hours if using dried beans that have been soaked overnight. Stir occasionally. Add more water if chili gets too thick.

Serve hot in a bowl.

Optional: Top with onions and cheese.

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