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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

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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

Equipment

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