Chili Con Carne

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Chili con carne is hearty comfort food at its best. This healthy recipe is a great dinner for a cold night. Serve it to a crowd watching the Super Bowl!

Chili is one of my favorite meals, so I make lots of different versions. I love my chili full of veggies, and this squash chili recipe is one that I make frequently. My children don’t care for squash though, and I haven’t been able to master a vegetarian chili recipe that they enjoy.

It’s frustrating that they won’t dig into my chili of choice, but I recently discovered that they love this basic chili con carne. It’s simple and flavorful, and it’s a great recipe for feeding a crowd. When we have company, sometimes I offer this chili along with the squash chili. People can pick either one, or else mix the two together.

Chili Con Carne

This chili con carne is a delicious combination of beef, beans, and chili seasonings.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 2 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 28 ounces tomato sauce
  • 4 cups cooked beans
  • 1 1/2 tbs chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  • In a large pot, sauté the onion in the olive oil over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the meat to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until all the meat is brown.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve warm. Some topping ideas include scallions, crushed tortilla chips, avocado, cheese, and cilantro.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 979mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 766IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 5mg
Servings: 10
Calories: 413kcal
Cost: $1.06 per serving

Chili Con Carne Price Breakdown

This recipe costs $10.56 to make, or $1.06 per serving.  It’s a delicious, simple version of chili con carne, and it’s appealing to all ages.


  1. Annemarie,
    This sounds delicious–I can see why your kids will eat it!
    I have no idea why I went for so long without making chili (I blame living in Hawaii for part of that) but I’m on it now.


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