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


Chilli-Rookie With A Cookie
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5 from 4 votes

Groun Beef Chilli

This chilli will keep you cozy on those rainy days! Comes together with only a handful of ingredients.
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chili, Winter Favorite
Servings: 5
Author: Rookie With A Cookie


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups water


  • In a saucepan over medium heat add oil and stir the beef until it is brown, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the spices: paprika, cayenne, garlic, onion powders and salt.
  • Stir the spices into the beef for a minute.
  • Tip in the cans of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and stir.
  • Add water and with the lid on, cook the chilli on low heat for an hour.
  • After an hour, take the lid off and turn the heat to high (this will allow the chilli to get more flavor).
  • Stir the chilli for 10-15 minutes.
  • To serve, ladle chilli in a bowl, top with chopped onion, cheddar cheese, cilantro or any other toppings you prefer.


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Rose Martine
2 years ago

5 stars
Ok, you have just made my day. I was just talking to my husband about wanting to make more things from scratch. This is awesome.

Rose Martine
3 years ago

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

Deep Web
4 years ago

5 stars
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.

Eve Hunt
4 years ago

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

Alisha Ross
4 years ago

5 stars
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.

Moses Brodin
4 years ago

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

Moses Brodin
4 years ago

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

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