classic chili recipe for two

Classic Chili Recipe for Two

Yield: 2-3 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

The Best Classic Chili – This simple chili recipe uses just one pan and a few simple ingredients and seasonings.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ pound ground beef (20 percent fat)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1–½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (5 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


    1. Heat oil in a 3 quart dutch oven  over medium-high heat and saute the onions, green pepper and garlic until soft, about 3 minutes.
    2. Add the ground beef and using a wooden spoon break up the meat, then add  the cayenne powder and chili powder, cook the ground beef  thoroughly stirring occasionally to brown and cook evenly.
    3. Add the kidney beans, diced tomatoes, lime juice, and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.
    4. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes over the chili. Lower heat to medium and continue cooking for 30 minutes


Serve with warm cornbread or flour tortillas.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 618Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1043mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 14gSugar: 13gProtein: 45g

The nutritional information provided here are estimates and are not calculated by a registered dietitian.

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  1. Zoe

    Really easy make ahead recipe.

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