Chile con Carne is a delicious chili that has meat, beans, and lots of flavor. This easy chili recipe is ready in under an hour. If you ever wanted to try making homemade chili, this is the best recipe to start with!
Chile con Carne
One of the best meals of my youth was my mom's chili. There was nothing like it. The one dish I will forever try to replicate.
Today's recipe is a retro chili that is quite unlike my mom's, but very delicious and easy to make.
What Is con Carne?
It means "with meat" in Spanish. There are some varieties of chili that are made with beans and no meat.
I suppose this distinction was meant to let people know that there is meat in it.
This variety of chili originated in South Texas with the working class Mexican women.
Us moms have always needed a good weeknight recipe in our arsenals!
This is also a perfect bachelor recipe, or bachelorette!
This yummy chili recipe is so easy to make. Here are the steps:
What Goes With Chili con Carne?
The first thing that comes to my mind is cornbread! I like to put a piece of cornbread in a bowl and ladle some hot chili right over it. Yum!
Toppings are the fun part! Though this chili recipe is delicious on its own, toppings are what takes it over the top.
My Favorite Chili Toppings:
• Shredded cheddar cheese
• Diced onion
• Sliced avocado
• Sour cream
• Sliced jalapeño
• Corn chips
• Hot sauce
• Fresh cilantro
Whatever you are in the mood for, or happen to have on hand will work.
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Chile con Carne
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 lg Yellow Onion
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 4 cloves Garlic finely minced or pressed
- 1 lb Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
- 3 tsp Chili Powder
- 3 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 -14 oz can Diced Tomatoes undrained
- 1 -6 oz can Tomato Paste
- 1 -4 oz can Diced Green Chiles
- 1 cup Beef Broth
- 1 -15 oz can Red Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt or 1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- Heat a Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, then the onion and bay leaf. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion turns translucent.
- Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
- Add the ground beef or turkey and cook, breaking up the meat as you stir occasionally. Cook until mostly done.
- Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Stir well.
- Add the can of undrained diced tomatoes, then stir in the tomato paste until well incorporated.
- Add the diced green chiles.
- Stir in the beef broth.
- Add the kidney beans.
- Add the salt and pepper. Stir well.
- Bring to a low simmer. Then cover and reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired.
- Serve with any toppings you like*.
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Susan Fredericj says
I found this recipe on a cold rainy night when I needed something using what I had on hand. (Too cold to run to the store or go for take out). This was delicious! I did exclude the cayenne, but might use a dash or a bit of hot sauce next time. Also substituted white beans (don't care for kidney beans). Thanks for a quick easy dinner.