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The Best Chili Recipe Ever

Whipped up in one pot, this is truly The Best Chili Recipe EVER. With a special blend of spices and homemade red bell pepper paste, this twist on the classic dish is dinner perfection!
Course Dinner, Main, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 547kcal



  • Add bacon to a large pot over medium-high heat and cook until the fat renders and the bacon is crispy, about 6 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon from the pot and let sit on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • With the bacon grease still in the pot, add the onion, red bell pepper, and serrano pepper and cook until soft, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and continue cooking, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes more.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients, plus half of the cooked bacon, and stir gently to combine, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 3 or more hours, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasoning as desired, then serve with the remaining bacon and your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!


*if you want to make this chili more or less spicy, add or subtract the amount of serrano pepper used, or swap with jalapeno. Avoid changing the amount of chili powder unless absolutely necessary.
*if you don't have any red bell pepper paste on hand, you can use 3 tablespoons of tomato paste instead.
*this chili can be packed in air-tight freezer bags and frozen for 2 months.


Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 887mg | Potassium: 1384mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1935IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 8mg