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Beef and Bean Chili

Classic beef and bean chili is a weeknight stable at our house. It's simple to make and loaded with protein and fiber and it's super filling! Make ahead and freezer friendly too.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 363kcal
Author Lauren
Cost $14.36 / $2.39 PER SERVING


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 2 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • BROWN THE BEEF: In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high until it shimmers. Add the onion, pepper, and beef. Break up the beef and cook until the beef is fully browned. Add the garlic, and stir for 30-60 seconds.
  • ADD THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Add the broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, pepper and paprika to the same dutch oven. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients.
  • SIMMER: Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 35 minutes or until the mixture reduces to desired thickness.*
  • SERVE: Remove the chili from the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes and serve hot. Top with sour cream, cheese, avocado, green onions or whatever your favorites are.


  • I like mine reduced by about ⅓, if you like it thicker, simmer for closer to 45 minutes, thinner start to check it around 25 minutes.
  • STORAGE: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze in a bag or freezer safe container for up to 3 months.


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 877mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 26mg