This slow cooked beef chili recipe is a hearty and delicious meal packed full of flavor. Cooked on the stovetop in one pot, this chili is perfect comfort food and it's great for meal prep and freezer meals.
Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the pan and add ground beef to the pan and brown the beef stirring occasionally. Transfer to a plate.
Add chopped onion and bell peppers to the pot and saute until they are tender. Add minced garlic, and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant.
Add the browned ground beef to the pot, the finely chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, 2 Tbsp organic tomato paste and 1 cup of beef stock.
Add the spices - 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp chipotle powder, 3 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp dried marjoram and 2 tsp red pepper flakes. And of course add my secret ingredient, 2 oz of dark chocolate.
Bring to a boil and boil for about 5 minutes. Reduce to medium low heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
Adjust the seasonings if necessary and serve warm over rice.
Make this chili recipe in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pan. They distribute the heat more evenly so that you don't get hotspots that can burn.
Don't skimp on the spices, each one of them adds so much unique flavor and really takes this chili to the next level.
Check that your spices aren't stale before you use them. Rub a little between your fingers and they should release an aroma. If they don't, time to buy new ones!
Bloom the spices by sauteeing them with the onions for the last 30 seconds. This adds even more flavor.
The Chili thickens as it cools down or after it has been refrigerated for a few hours.
Add 2 cups of beef stock/water if you want to serve it as a chili soup.
An easy trick how to peel tomatoes quickly is to slice a shallow "X" at the bottom of each tomato and place them for 30 to 60 seconds in boiling water. Then transfer them using a slotted spoon to a bowl with ice water and once cooled peel the tomatoes using a paring knife.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Vitamin A 1305IU26%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.