Spicy Beef Chili

This chili is made with ground beef and beans, along with a delicious combination of vegetables and spicy seasonings. Serve chili with crackers or freshly baked cornbread.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hoursDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled, quartered, and sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef round or sirloin
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced mild green chilies
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped jalapeño pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • Dash ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and ground beef. Sauté until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  • Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chilies, jalapeño, chili powder, salt, cayenne, and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 1½ hours. Add water as needed to keep from sticking.
  • Add beans to chili and heat through.