The Best Homemade Chili

I love to make chili when the weather starts to turn colder. We make up a really big pot and eat it throughout the week or feed a crowd!

This is actually my moms recipe and it has taken a couple years to make it this good. Funny thing is, it was AMAZING the first time she made it….but nobody wrote down the recipe!!

So ever since that very first pot of chili, she has been trying to make it as good as that…I think this is pretty darn close.

It calls for 5 pounds of ground beef…I told you it was a big batch. But it freezes really good so you can easily make this last for quite a few meals.

I also switched out leeks for onions because of some health reasons I have been going through and it didn’t change the taste at all.

The best part about this recipe, besides the beer…it is super easy to make and then leave for the day to really simmer and get the best flavor.

Start by drizzling some olive oil into the bottom of your stock pot. Once it is warm, I added my leeks and green pepper and let it cook until the veggies were soft.

After the veggies were cooked, add in the ground beef. It will take some time to cook since 5lbs is really a lot, but it is so worth it. Make sure you don’t turn the heat up too high and just be patient and keep stirring often.

Once browned, start adding in your tomatoes and bean, but don’t forget to drain the beans first.

Now add the seasonings and mix really well.

Then just add your bottle of beer and let simmer for a couple of hours. It really doesn’t matter the kind of beer, whatever you normally drink works just fine. The alcohol cooks off but it brings out all the amazing flavors in the chili that you just can’t leave out.

See! Super simple and it tastes amazing. I really like to make up some sweet corn bread to go with it and grab all your favorite toppings, enjoy!! Leave a comment with your favorite chili toppings.

Homemade Chili

Category: Recipes


  • 5lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 16oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 5TBS chili powder
  • 2TBS onion powder
  • 2TBS garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS basil
  • 1 TBS parsley
  • 2 TBS cumin
  • 1 bottle beer


  1. Drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of a stock pot and let it heat up.
  2. Add you chopped onion and bell pepper, cook until soft. Then go ahead and add your ground beef.
  3. Once the beef is browned, add in all of the rest of your ingredients.
  4. For the best flavor, let it simmer for a couple of hours. Serve warm with shredded cheese, corn bread, or whatever you like.

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