Two bowls of Classic Chili with green onions

Classic Chili

A Classic Chili recipe that has ground beef and beans. It has all the flavors you love: chili powder, garlic, onions, and tomatoes, plus a little clove and all spice for warmth. 
There is nothing better than a big bowl of chili on a cold night!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chili recipe, chili with beans, classic chili, tailgate food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Susie


  • 1 lb ground beef 80/20 or 85/15
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 4 oz can chopped green chilies
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 oz can chili beans in sauce
  • 15 oz can northern beans drained
  • tbsp sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp (heaping) chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • pinch of ground allspice
  • pinch of ground clove
  • pinch of red pepper flakes


  • In a large pot over medium high heat saute the garlic, celery, and onions for 5 minutes,stirring often.
  • Add the ground beef and cook, crumbling, for 5 minutes until cooked thru.
  • Turn the heat to medium low and add the green chilies, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, both beans, sugar, and all the spices and seasonings. Stir to combine.
  • Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the bay leaf before serving.
  • This recipe can be made ahead and reheated on the stove top. You may need to add a little water to loosen it up.


It can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.