Simple, Perfect Chili

308 Ratings
Recipe courtesy ofRee Drummond

Total: 1 hr 40 min Cook: 30 min

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Level: Easy

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup masa harina
  • One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded Cheddar, for serving
  • Chopped onions, for serving
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  • Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed. 

  • After an hour, place the masa harina in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, and then taste and adjust the seasonings. Add more masa paste and/or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or to add more corn flavor. Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded Cheddar, chopped onions, tortilla chips and lime wedges.

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308 Ratings

Patrick B.
Not sure how people can give this a good review if you made it per the instructions. 8 oz of tomato sauce for 2 lbs of meat is nowhere near enough liquid and this just ends up being ground meat and beans. Add more sauce or some crushed tomatoes and season it a little more and it turns out ok. But once I added the tomato sauce and let it simmer it was just seasoned ground beef and garlic. See All Reviews Post Review

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