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Classic Chili


  • 2 pounds ground meat I use 1 lb. lean beef and 1 lb. turkey but use what you prefer
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper Just leave this out if you're making it for little ones
  • 29 oz can of tomato sauce
  • Another 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 - 14.5 ounce cans of Hunt's fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 15.5 ounce can of red kidney beans drained
  • 15.8 ounce can of great northern beans drained
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder :) trust me
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • Heat a large pot over medium high heat and add in your olive oil and then your meat.
  • Season your meat with 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
  • While your meat is browning, chop your onion, green pepper, and garlic.
  • Once your meat is cooked through, drain it if necessary and remove it from the pan. I just set it aside in a bowl.
  • In your same heated pot, add in your chopped onions and green peppers and cook for about 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add in your garlic and cook for 2 more minutes then remove from heat.
  • Once your garlic is cooked, add in 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 black pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper and stir together.
  • Add your meat back to the pan and add in the rest of your ingredients: Tomato sauce cans, diced tomatoes, beans, cocoa powder, and oregano.
  • Stir everything together to combine, reduce your heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for 2 hours while stirring occasionally OR place in the crockpot on low for 7-8 hours.
  • Enjoy!