Simple Homemade Chili

This is one of those recipes I think everyone already knows how to make so why post? Well, I didn’t know how until I was twenty five years old. So, I am posting this recipe for all those people who didn’t learn to cook or anyone looking for a quick and simple real food recipe for the cold winter nights to come. The two keys to making this chili is to taste test along the way and adjust the seasonings as needed. The second is to use really great ingredients. You can use any brands that you favor, but there really is a big difference in flavor when you start with great ingredients.


  • 1 lb. Local Grass Fed Ground Beef – We use Dessert Mountain
  • 1 Large Yellow or Sweet Onion, chopped
  • 1-3 Tablespoons chopped garlic (depending on how much you love garlic and how strong the flavor of the garlic you are using)
  • 1 can organic tomato sauce – We use Muir Glen most often
  • 1 can organic diced tomatoes – Muir Glen
  • 4 cans Organic Pinto beans (or your favorite) – Field Day
  • 1+ Tablespoon Organic Cumin
  • 1+ Tablespoon Organic Chili Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Better Than Bullion Beef Base INSTEAD of salt (optional)


  1. 1.       In a large dutch oven combine ground beef, onions and garlic. Cook over medium while stirring occasionally to break apart the ground beef.
  2. 2.       Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, beans and seasonings. Add water to just cover. Bring to a simmer.
  3. 3.       Simmer for 30 minutes adding water as needed. Taste and add more seasonings, beef base if using, and salt as needed.
  4. 4.       At this point you can continue to simmer all day watching carefully in case water needs to be added or move to a crock pot to keep warm.

About Rachel

Owner @ Brown Box Organics.
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