Potbelly’s Mouthwatering Chili Recipe

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.

Potbelly’s Mouthwatering Chili Recipe

How To Make Potbelly's Mouthwatering Chili

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 1 hr 10 mins
Total: 1 hr 15 mins


  • ¾ lb ground beef, preferably chuck
  • 12 oz kidney beans, canned
  • 1 cup red onion diced, diced
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 18 oz tomatoes, canned, diced
  • 10½ oz tomato sauce
  • salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

To garnish

  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef, garlic, onion, and bell pepper in oil, stirring often to keep meat from sticking or burning, until well browned or caramelized. Set aside.

  2. Using the same pot, combine spices, tomatoes, and tomato sauce together. Clean the pot if necessary.

  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then add the browned meat. Cover as necessary, and continue simmering for about an hour until flavors meld.

  4. Add the canned beans and season to taste with salt and pepper. Adjust accordingly.

  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.


  • Sugar: 6g
  • :
  • Calcium: 59mg
  • Calories: 376kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 975mg
  • Protein: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 391mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1976IU
  • Vitamin C: 32mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

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.


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