This Chunky Beef Chili is a healthy and filling recipe that the whole family will enjoy. Made with ground beef and stew meat, this is the perfect hearty meal for those cool fall and cold winter evenings.
A Cozy Chili Perfect for Fall & Winter
You know when it gets super cold outside and you need a piping hot, stick-to-your-bones meal? This Chunky Chili Recipe will definitely come in handy when you are looking for a bowl full of comfort!
When those chilly evenings do come around, there is nothing like the smell of a hearty stew wafting from the stovetop around the kitchen, or the anticipation of devouring a huge bowl of it. Yes, devour. It’s that good!
This chili recipe slow cooks on the stove top throughout the afternoon, so by the time dinner comes around everyone is incredibly ready to dig in to a bowl. Every time I make it, great memories of family, Sunday afternoons and football comes to mind.
This classic beef chili is a family favorite and a crowd pleaser! Big hunks of chunky beef with beans and tons of seasoning combine to make one delicious meal. Top it with your favorite toppings and watch how quickly it disappears!
How to Make Sure Your Stew Meat Becomes Tender
- The first step to the best stew meat is making sure you choose the right cut! I recommend chuck meat with a good marbling because it will become more and more tender as it cooks.
- It is also important to sear the meat before adding it to the stew for the most flavorful results—don’t stop at lightly browning it!
- The real key is that chuck meat needs to cook on low for about two hours. It’s a tough cut of meat, so it needs time to break down. The fat in stew meat will slowly render as cooked and that is what will make it tender.
Ready to dig in to a beautiful bowl of chili? These are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Olive Oil
- Peppers: Green Bell Pepper & Orange Bell Pepper
- Garlic Cloves
- Ground Beef
- Stewing Beef: You’ll need to cut it into 1 inch cubes.
- Diced Tomatoes: Make sure you do not drain them.
- Beef Broth
- Spices: Ground Cumin, Smoked Paprika
- Chili Powder: Adjust accordingly if you like extra spice.
- Chili Pepper
- Red Kidney Beans: Drain and rinse these.
What is a chili pepper?
There are many types of chili peppers you can use and they all have different levels of heat. Here are a few commonly found chili peppers you can try:
- Poblano Pepper: green pepper, mild in heat and flavor
- Jalapeño Pepper: green pepper, medium heat and flavor
- Habanero Pepper: red/orange pepper, hot — this one brings the heat
- Dried Red Chili Peppers: hot and will need to be rehydrated before using.
- Chipotle Pepper: most commonly sold in a can with adobo sauce, hot with tons of unique flavor
How to Make this Chunky Beef Chili
Prep: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers and garlic and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Spoon the mixture to a bowl and set aside.
Brown the Meat: Add the ground beef and stewing beef to the pot. Brown the meat over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
Mix: Return the onion mixture to the pot and add the tomatoes, beef broth, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, chili pepper and beans.
Cook: Cover the pot and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Then simmer uncovered until the chili thickens, about 30 minutes.
Serve: Ladle into bowls and serve with grated cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions for toppings.
Tips for Success
Try out these tips as you cook for the best chili:
- Don’t Add the Vegetables Too Quickly: Vegetables cook fast—make sure the beef has had time to brown before you add the vegetables back in.
- Choosing Chili Peppers: Use a combination of peppers to bring additional flavor to the chili depending on how much heat and what type of flavor you enjoy (like habanero, Jalapeños, Poblanos, etc.).
- Don’t Rush It: It’s important to let this chili slow cook for the meat to become tender, the flavors to med together and for the chili to thicken!
- Stewing Meat: Good pre-cut stew meat or chuck roast work best for this chili. Choose a well-marbled chuck roast if you can.
- Kidney Bean Substitutes: Pinto beans, cannellini beans and/or black beans can be substituted for kidney beans in this chunky chili, too.
Toppings time! Here are some of my favorites:
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheese
- Green Onion
- Tortilla Chips or Corn Chips
You could also serve it over white rice, or with a green salad on the side.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Once the chili is done cooking you can store it in an airtight container, and keep it in the fridge for a few days. It can also be frozen for a few months, if you want.
To reheat, warm the chili in a pot on the stove until it reaches the desired temperature, and enjoy once more!
If you are looking for a warm bowl of comforting dinner that the whole family will enjoy, this Chunky Chili recipe is exactly what you need! I bet you won’t have leftovers!
Chunky Chili Recipe
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 pounds stew beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, do not drain
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 chili pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 16 oz can red kidney beans, drained
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers and garlic and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Spoon the mixture to a bowl and set aside.
- Add the ground beef and stewing beef to the pot. Brown the meat over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
- Return the onion mixture to the pot and add the tomatoes, beef broth, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, chili pepper and beans.
- Cover the pot and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Then simmer uncovered until the chili thickens, about 30 minutes.
- Ladle into bowls and serve with grated cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions for toppings.
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