Classic Beef Chili

two bowls of chili

This classic chili recipe is a must-have for gatherings on game day or any time you’re in the mood for a comforting bowl on a chilly fall or winter day. Packed with hearty tastes and cozy perfection, it’s the ideal choice for preparing a filling supper that unites people. This chili will definitely hit the spot, whether you’re throwing a big game day feast or just looking for a warm dish to enjoy in the winter months.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion (from 1 large onion)
  • 1 cup chopped poblano chile (from 1 chile)
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 pounds 90/10 lean ground chuck
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle of beer
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, sliced jalapeño chiles, sliced radishes, and sour cream, for serving


  1. Ingredients.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion, poblano, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add ground chuck and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef crumbles and is no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Drain beef mixture well and return to Dutch oven over medium-high.
  5. Add tomato paste, ancho chile powder, cumin, salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes.
  6. Increase heat to high. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, and beer and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 30 minutes.
  7. Serve chili with desired toppings.

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