Ways to Adapt Beef Chili
Use black, kidney, or pinto beans or a mix, if you happen to have them on hand; they’re interchangeable in this recipe. Also if you want to sneak in a few extra vegetables, you could add diced zucchini, diced squash, or even carrots and celery, but I don’t usually guild this lily.
The Best Classic Chili – This traditional chili recipe is just like mom used to make with ground beef, beans, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasonings.
This classic chili is perfect for a weeknight meal because it can be made in minutes. The only thing to chop is an onion.
What Does IBU mean?
IBU stands for International Bitterness Units. This scale is used to measure the acid found in hops (isohumulone) which makes the beer taste bitter. It’s measured in parts per million. Beers which are described as “hoppy”, such as India Pale Ales (IPAs), usually have a higher IBU rating.
- Ground Beef: This is a meaty chili with two pounds of ground beef. Choose a lean cut such as 90/10 or above. Lean ground beef has less fat, more protein and is lower in calories than regular ground beef. If you prefer, choose ground turkey or use a combination of beef and turkey (which is my preference).
- Veggies: There are plenty of veggies in this chili: onions, red and green bell peppers, and carrots. They provide lots of flavor and nutrition.
- Tomatoes: You’ll find an abundance of tomatoes here, too, with a large can of crushed tomatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, and tomato paste .
- Beans: This is a meat and bean chili so it has plenty of protein, too. I like kidney beans and pinto beans in chili but feel free to sub in your favorite type of beans.
- Seasoning: Of course, there’s plenty of chili powder in this chili. Add more or less according to taste. Additional spices bolster the flavor: ground cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, a bay leaf, and of course, salt and pepper.
- Beer: Why add beer to chili? You’ll find that beer adds rich flavor to chili, along with a bit of sweetness. It can temper the spicy heat and balances the acidity level. The alcohol mostly cooks off with the long cooking time.
- Toppings: While toppings are optional, everyone loves them. Suggested toppings are sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt), avocado, cilantro, green onions, sharp cheddar cheese, oyster crackers, crushed tortilla chips.
What do you top chili with?
In addition to the chili ingredients listed in this recipe for chili, you may also want to have these things as toppings.
- shredded cheddar cheese
- sour cream
- sliced green onions
- saltine crackers or oyster crackers
- diced avocado
Make It Your Own
Feel free to make any of the substitutions mentioned in the What You’ll Need section. Make it into your own award winning chili. Use ground turkey instead of ground beef, or a combination. Add more or use less spice. Add garlic if you love a garlicky chili. Omit the beer, if you prefer.
If this recipe doesn’t ring your dinner bell, then try one of the recipes below.
Ways to Adapt Beef Chili Use black, kidney, or pinto beans or a mix, if you happen to have them on hand; they’re interchangeable in this recipe. Also if you want to sneak in a few extra vegetables, you could add diced zucchini, diced squash, or even carrots and celery, but I don’t usually guild this lily.
What type of beans are best for chili?
Are there beans in traditional chili?
Are chili beans pinto beans or kidney beans?