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homemade southern chili recipe

The Best Homemade Southern Chili Recipe

  • Author: Johnniemay McDonald
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 15-20 servings 1x


The best homemade southern chili recipe, slightly spicy, flavorful, and downright delicious. Try this easy chili recipe with no beans.


Units Scale

3 lbs ground beef*

2 onions

2 green bell peppers

3 tbsps of minced garlic

1 tbsp dried oregano

1/3 cup chili powder

2 tbsps smoked paprika

1 tbsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 1/2 tbsps sea salt ( salt to taste)

28 oz crushed tomatoes

3 cups water


  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot brown the ground beef. Then drain the ground beef and set it aside.
  2. In the same pot, add 2 tbsps of olive oil. Then saute the onions and bell peppers in the olive on medium until they are tender and/or translucent. This should take about 5- 7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic to the pan and saute for 1 minute.
  4. Add the ground beef to the pan. Stir to combine the meat/ veggie mixture.
  5. Add the spices and herbs to the mixture (Oregano, sea salt*, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder.) Stir to combine the spices and herbs well. Cook on medium for 1 minute.
  6. Gently pour in the crushed tomatoes and water. Stir to combine.
  7. Bring the pot to a boil, cover with a lid, lower the heat, and bring the pot to a simmer. Let it simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. At 30 minutes, be sure to taste and adjust the salt level if needed.
  8. Serve and enjoy.


Be sure to adjust the salt level to your personal preference. Be sure to not overly salt the chili. Salt takes a little while to disperse. If you need to add salt, do so with little increments.

Toppings ideas: cheddar cheese, jalapenos (fresh or pickled), banana peppers, black olives, sour cream, tortilla chips and more.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chili