Chili in a blue bowl with a chip and cheese sprinkled on top

Easy Homemade Chili

Filled with hearty ground beef, tomatoes, two kinds of beans, and the perfect blend of spices, this chili is easy but so tasty. You can make it on the stovetop or in a slow cooker -- try it today!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12
Author The Welcoming Table


  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 29-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 14-oz. cans kidney beans (with liquid)
  • 2 14-oz. cans pinto beans (with liquid)
  • 1 10-oz. can tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1.5 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 cups water


  1. Brown ground beef in skillet. Drain fat and add the ground beef to an 8-qt. stockpot.

  2. Open cans of tomatoes, kidney beans,  pinto beans, and tomatoes with green chiles and pour them into the pot.

  3. Add all of the spices.

  4. Add water and stir thoroughly.

  5. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.

  6. Serve with cheese and your choice of toppings.

Recipe Notes

Slow Cooker Instructions: Brown ground beef, add all the other ingredients, and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.