The Best Chili Recipe Ever

It’s fall and the weather is slowly getting cooler. Chili is a wonderful fall/winter meal and is so easy to make. It is the perfect choice for dinner, whether you’re having company over or it’s just you and the family. This is my husband’s specialty (one of the only meals I can get him to make, lol!) and I have to say beyond a doubt the best Chili I’ve ever had. It makes enough for dinner for both of us, and lunch the next day, in addition to a couple jars full to freeze. I love it when you can make 3-4 meals in one go!

You will need:

  • 2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 large can (29 oz) and 1 small can (15 oz) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15 oz) Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) Green Beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) Corn, drained
  • 1 large Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium Zucchini, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable, Olive or Coconut Oil


  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp White Sugar
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Ground Red Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin


  • Crushed Saltines or Oyster Crackers
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado, peeled and diced


In a large pot, cook Ground Beef until lightly browned, then drain. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, combine Green Bell Pepper, Zucchini, Garlic Clove, Onion, and Oil and saute on medium for a few minutes until just starting to brown. Add sauteed vegetables to the Ground Beef in the large pot. Add Kidney Beans, Green Beans, Diced Tomatoes, Corn, and Tomato Sauce and stir until blended. In a small bowl, combine seasonings. Pour seasonings mix into the large pot and stir everything together. Bring to a boil on High, then reduce to a simmer on Low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve hot with desired toppings.

Additional Notes:

This Chili tastes even better reheated the next day, and freezes perfectly for future meals. To freeze, I pour the Chili in these 1 QT Ball Glass Jars and pop them into the freezer. Then I can take one out each week and have a wonderful dinner already made! (You can get a really good price for these Ball jars here at by the way–they are great for freezing soups too).

This chili is absolutely incredible when served with my yummy buttermilk cornbread recipe!




  1. Yummy!!! :)

  2. Mary Michaud says:

    yummy! pinned. :) and i really want to try freezing, that would help a lot!

  3. Love the idea of freezing in jars! I usually freeze in bags!

  4. This Chili Recipe looks so good. I love the idea that you can freeze this recipe. I love when you can make a meal and freeze some for something good to eat on another day. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I would love to see more freezable recipes.

  5. This reopen sounds delish! Now if we could just get a nice cold day to enjoy it on. Doesn’t seem quite right to eat chili when it’s 70 degrees outside!

  6. *Recipe! Silly autocorrect!!

  7. Mmmm this sounds great! I love corn in my chili and green peppers and zucchini in it sound really good as well! I think I need to try this!

  8. Lexi Conklin says:

    you could even do this is a crock pot probably! so easy love it :)

  9. OMG I LOVE chili so I have GOT to try this recipe!!! I got a crock pot for my birthday so I know this will be in it soon!

  10. Our house is filled with chili lovers! I look forward to trying this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Oh my, that does look good! Guess I’ll have to go to our local farm and pick up some beef now.

  12. That looks amazing…pinning for future use!

  13. Marissa Brown says:

    Pretty sure I know whats for dinner tonight!

  14. Tanaya Syx says:

    Looks yummy. I can a lot of food, but freezing extras would help solve the fridge filling up with uneaten leftovers and help for those days when I have no idea what to make.

  15. Carolsue says:

    I love finding new chili recipes. This one looks really good.

  16. I love Chili! This looks so good, thanks for sharing!

  17. Mmm.. Chili sounds good.. Wish it was Winter time.. I should try this recipe sometime. Thank you for sharing. God bless you. Judith

  18. Jen Barnes says:

    oooooooh. I never even thought to put Zucchini in chili! I’m excited to try this recipe! It’s crazy how much my picky eaters love chili. Thank you.

  19. Rachel Ellis says:

    This looks so yummy! I have been looking for a different chili recipe for a while now. I like that this one has some extra veggies in it.

  20. Zoe Rae says:

    I love chili. This sounds like a great recipe. I never thought of adding green beans.

  21. We love eating chili, especially during the winter time! Thanks for posting!

  22. A good pot of chili is probably one of the best parts of fall, but I’ve NEVER made it myself. I want to try this recipe!

  23. marissa lee says:

    looks good…i never made chili before…my brother loves chili i guess i will be trying this recipe out.

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