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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
Calories 260kcal


  • 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.
If you have an Instant Pot and want to make quick work of this Chili, check out this Instant Pot Chili Recipe.
Looking for chicken chili? Check out this recipe for White Chicken Chili.
Calories are estimated.


Serving: 1.25cups | Calories: 260kcal