Chili was originally a working-class dish prepared by women in Mexico. But, throughout the years, the dish has slowly made its way into our cultural consciousness. Chili is now being served during dinners, parties, get-togethers, and even Thanksgiving.

In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make chili the Potbelly way. It’s super easy and super delicious, it will be perfect for any type of gathering. 

Get your chilis ready and some pots and pans and recreate this scrumptious chili dish inspired by Potbelly. We guarantee that you’ll love it.

How To Make Potbelly's Mouthwatering Chili

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10 mins
1 hr
1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 lb. lean ground chuck
  • 16 oz. kidney beans
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped fine
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/3 tbsp cayenne
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 29 oz diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • In a large skillet over medium heat brown ground chuck and veggies, stirring often to keep meat from sticking or burning.
  • Drain oil and fat and set aside.
  • In a large pot combine spices, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce together.
  • Then stir in browned meat and veggies.
  • Salt and pepper to taste, and bring contents to a boil, then turn heat down to a simmer and cover.
  • Let cook for about one hour, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 783mg | Potassium: 795mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1123IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 4mg

Commonly Asked Questions

Where Did Chili Originate?

Originally, chili con carne originated from Mexico and as immigration started happening, it became a hit to neighboring Texas. Chili con carne is a working-class dish developed by Mexican women.


Appetizers & Snacks


Chili is definitely is a must-have in any gathering or celebration. It's flavorful, savory, and will definitely give color to any feast.