Hearty Homemade Chili

A hearty and satisfying chili that has multiple uses.
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican/American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Heather


  • 1 lb small red chili beans
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 med brown onion *diced about 1 heaping cup
  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 3 lg garlic cloves *minced or crushed
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp coriander
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 18- 20 oz diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz tomato sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Rinse beans and place in stockpot with approximately 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a very slow simmer. Cover and cook until beans are tender enough to eat- about 1-2 hours. Once cooked drain beans of extra liquid. Set aside
  2. In a large frying pan over med/high heat sauté onions in oil until sweating. Add meat. Using a stiff spatula stir and break apart into smaller pieces. Add garlic and continue stirring occasionally. Once meat is almost done add half of the spices and cook for another 2 mins stirring constantly.
  3. Add meat mixture, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and remaining spices to beans. Bring to a simmer over med heat. Continue simmering for approximately 45 mins stirring consistently until thick in consistency. Within the last few of cooking add salt and stir well.

Recipe Notes

*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible.* For extra freezer friendly meals double this recipe.