Ground Beef Chilli

Chilli-Rookie With A Cookie

Ok, I have something to admit. As much as I steer clear of fast food joints, I absolutely love the chilli bowl at Wendy’s. In fact, the first time I tried chilli (I used to call it chilli beans), was at Wendy’s. This recipe that I share is just as good if not better. On those overcast days that threaten to burst open the heavens, I shuffle to my kitchen in my sweatpants to stir a pot of thick, chunky chilli. And to get the right consistency and flavor, the trick is to finish the chilli on high heat! The recipe is incredibly easy. I use leftovers to make tacos–the kind you get in Taco Bell (sorry, sometimes I cheat).

Chilli-Rookie With A Cookie


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Groun Beef Chilli
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This chilli will keep you cozy on those rainy days! Comes together with only a handful of ingredients.
Recipe type: Chilli
Cuisine: American
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat add oil and stir the beef until it is brown, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle the spices: paprika, cayenne, garlic, onion powders and salt.
  3. Stir the spices into the beef for a minute.
  4. Tip in the cans of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and stir.
  5. Add water and with the lid on, cook the chilli on low heat for an hour.
  6. After an hour, take the lid off and turn the heat to high (this will allow the chilli to get more flavor).
  7. Stir the chilli for 10-15 minutes.
  8. To serve, ladle chilli in a bowl, top with chopped onion, cheddar cheese, cilantro or any other toppings you prefer.


  1. Wow! That looks super delicious! Great recipe! My hubby is a huge sucker for shrimp dishes!

  2. This so AMAZING! This is a dish that I would totally make for myself and probably keep for myself. My grandmother used to make something similar when I was a little girl.

  3. Fantastic recipe!!! Did not change anything in recipe. Tastes wonderful!! This is my new go-to chicken recipe! Thanks!!!

  4. I am always looking for new recipes to try. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this week. I am sure it will be a big hit.

  5. I am going shopping in two days and will definetly make these. I have a big muffin pan though. I enjoy low carb foods.Thanx for posting this !!
    Ragerds:Moses Brodin

  6. This looks absolutely wonderful! Easy and quick and perfect for a lazy Sunday morning…

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