4.75 from 8 votes

The Best Chili Recipe

The Best Chili recipe is a simple homemade soup that combines a secret ingredient for chili with savory spices and ground beef. This chili for a large group recipe can be made ahead and made just as spicy as you want.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 32 servings
Author Hostess At Heart


  • 6 lbs ground beef
  • 3 quarts stewed tomatoes 6-9 cans**
  • 2 quarts tomato juice
  • 2 cans Mrs Grimes Hot Chili Beans
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1/2 bottle ketchup 7 oz total
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup Chili Powder to taste or more if you like spice


  • In a large skillet or dutch oven, brown hamburger with onion and yellow mustard. Brown in batches if necessary. Drain excess grease.
  • Combine meat and all of the remaining ingredients in a large stockpot or a crockpot.
  • Simmer until all flavors are combined.


  • **I process the stewed tomatoes to remove the large pieces.
  • I allow my chili to simmer until I can no longer detect any flavor from the cans. 30 minutes to several hours, whatever time you have.
  • This chili can be simmered for several hours on top of the stove or in a slow cooker.
  • Chili may be frozen in reclosable bags or airtight containers.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 560mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3.1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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