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White bowl filled with no bean chili and topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and green onions.

No Bean Chili Recipe

Who said you need beans to make a great chili? My No Bean Chili recipe has simple ingredients and a whole lot of flavor.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds ground beef (can mix it up w/ ground pork or turkey also)
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes and chilies
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • Add ground beef to a large Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Cook the beef for 5-6 minutes, crumbling it as it cooks, until it begins to brown. Drain off any excess fat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, then add the green pepper, onion, and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened.
  • Season the mixture with chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the broth and deglaze the pot with a wooden spoon, reduce for about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for at least 20-25 minutes.
  • Taste and season if necessary, then serve with your favorite sides and toppings.


Suggested sides: Crackers, bread, or cornbread
Suggested toppings: Sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, green onions, fresh cilantro, fresh parsley


Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beanless chili, chili recipe in 30 minutes, chili without beans, no bean chili