Looking for a quick and easy beef chili recipe to heat things up! This one comes together quickly to feed a crowd!

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Forget the snow and chilly winter nights, it’s the time of year to gather fanatically around the TV with your closest friends ready to root your home team on to to the final pass!

And nothing screams football food like a classic hearty bowl of chili.

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Back to the game, and the best beef chili recipe for it!

Whether you are topping baked potatoes, nachos or hot dogs, a classic beef chili is the way to go. This recipe in the perfect easy stovetop creation.

Easy Beef Chili Recipe GirlCarnivore Kita Roberts

What kind of beef is used for chili?

I love using a variety of meat for my chili. But my go to base is always a thicker grind 85% ground beef. I like using 85% lean so that there is some flavor from the fat, but I drain it once browned to avoid any solidifying on the surface.


A good balance for chili is a one to three ration of beef to other ingredients. When wanting a bonus health kick, I add a ton of beans or minced mushrooms to balance out the heartiness.

When I am feeling particularly adventurous, I will brown other inexpensive cuts and allow them to braise for shredding as well. Another meat I love to add is a browned spicy sausage or brat, like in my big batch chili.

Easy Beef Chili Recipe GirlCarnivore Kita Roberts

Beef Chili – beans or no beans?

This is like asking comic book fans who wins in a fight between Batman Vs. Superman. Everyone has an opinion and theirs is always right. However, my less passionate answer is simply, beans with ground beef. No beans with shredded cuts.

For example, if I am using shredded chuck as my base and no ground beef for a campfire chili, I won’t add beans. But if I am making anything with a ground meat component, I am adding pretty much all the beans. Why? Because I like the health benefit.

Really, there is no hard and fast rule, it depends on your region and fanatical chili beliefs.

Easy Beef Chili Recipe GirlCarnivore Kita Roberts

How to make the best beef chili

The best beef chili is simmered for hours. Whether over a campfire, on the stove top or even in a slow cooker, it is best to let chili take a long time for the flavors to develop.

Chili is made for slow cooking. The longer the flavors can build while over a low heat, the better. This allows everything from the sautéed onion to the subtle flavor of the peppers to mingle while the components simmer.


The slow cook also allows the flavor from the meat to blend in with the chili powder and tomatoes.

Ever heard that some things are better the next day? I believe that is true most for chili and I will often make my game day recipes the day before and cool overnight.

To serve the next day, I will heat over low in a slow cooker with a topping bar nearby.

Easy Beef Chili Recipe GirlCarnivore Kita Roberts

Want some more crowd pleasing recipe inspiration? Check out my favorite Game Day recipes!

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Easy Beef Chili Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 44 minutes
10 minutes
Total: 3 hours 14 minutes
Servings: 8
Easy Beef Chili Recipe GirlCarnivore Kita Roberts
Perfect for a crowd, this easy beef chili recipe is perfect in a bowl smothered in toppings or over nachos, hot dogs or baked potatoes!


  • 1 ½ cup dried black beans see note
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 lb chili ground beef
  • 19 oz red beans cooked
  • 12 oz beer
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire


  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Red onion


  • In a large Dutch Oven, bring the olive oil to heat over medium high heat.
  • Saute the onion 3 to 5 minutes, until just soft.
  • Add the ground beef and brown, another 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the beans to the pot along with the beer and simmer for 30 minutes longer.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, ketchup, cocoa powder, chili powder, salt, red pepper flakes and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Summer, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Allow the Dutch Oven to cool for at least one hour before returning to a low simmer to serve.
  • Serve with toppings such as sliced avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, minced red onion or sliced scallions.


Be sure to soak the dried beans overnight or simmer for 90 minutes and drain before using. 


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 2078mg | Potassium: 1398mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 6.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Kita Roberts

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    1. Hey there Shirley, I can understand your confusion, however, this site is in no way affiliated with the ‘carnivore diet’- Though, this chili is pretty delicious sans beans – I would just double down on the meat to thicken it.

      1. Thank you for the clarification and the tip. Can always just use spices, meat and beer (optional) for true carnivores. Top with cheese n sour cream. Yum! Thinking of throwing it all in the crockpot right now! Checked out other recipes of yours that look good and can easily be converted. For example chorizio stuffed jalapeno could be bacon wrapped chorzio meatball appetizers, etc. Thank you for the inspiration.

  1. 5 stars
    This seriously looks and sounds so amazing. I will have to try this one out. We love chili in this household!