Classic Chili (Chili Con Carne) Recipe

Classic Chili (Chili Con Carne) Recipe

How To Make Classic Chili (Chili Con Carne)

This classic chili con carne recipe will satisfy your love for spicy food with jalapeno pepper, poblano pepper, and chili powder combined together.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes



  • 3tbspolive oil
  • 2lbslean beef,or pork, cut into ½″ cubes
  • 1medium onion,white or yellow, chopped
  • 1poblano pepper,seeded and finely diced
  • 1jalapeno pepper,seeded and finely diced, optional
  • 5garlic cloves,peeled and minced
  • 2tbspchili powder
  • 1tbspground cumin
  • 2tsporegano,dried
  • 2tspsugar
  • 1tspchipotle powder
  • 2cupsbeef broth
  • 2cupswater
  • 15ozblack beans,(1 can) drained and rinsed
  • 15ozRotel diced tomatoes and green chiles,(1 can)
  • 8oztomato sauce,(1 can)
  • 2tbspbalsamic vinegar
  • 3tbspmasa harina,or you can use all purpose flour or cornstarch to thicken

Optional toppings

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • onions,green or red, chopped
  • diced avocado
  • chopped cilantro


  1. Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat (beef or pork) and cook until just browned on all sides. Then remove meat with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  2. In a large stockpot heat the additional 1 Tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add the onions, poblano and jalapeno peppers, and saute until softened for about 4 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic and spices and saute until very aromatic for about 1 minute more. Add in the beef broth, water, beans, Rotel, tomato sauce, vinegar, and browned meat, and stir to combine.

  4. Simmer over medium-low heat for a couple of hours then in a separate bowl, whisk together masa harina with ½ cup of cold water.

  5. Add the mixture to the soup and stir in to thicken. Taste soup and adjust seasonings to taste.

  6. To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top with desired toppings.


  • Calories: 440.35kcal
  • Fat: 11.43g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.04g
  • Trans Fat: 0.24g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.50g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.63g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.06g
  • Fiber: 12.28g
  • Sugar: 6.66g
  • Protein: 39.85g
  • Cholesterol: 74.84mg
  • Sodium: 695.15mg
  • Calcium: 162.86mg
  • Potassium: 1700.88mg
  • Iron: 8.10mg
  • Vitamin A: 77.73µg
  • Vitamin C: 45.50mg
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