Ok first things first, do you like thick chili or soupy chili? For me, chili is chili and soup is soup. I like my chili chunky so that when you add the toppings you feel every texture, temperature, and detail of the soup rather than slurping it down. So this chili is thick and if that is your jam then this recipe is for you!
This isn’t rocket science but what makes this chili delicious on so many levels is the seasonings. I add a little secret seasoning in there too for a hint of sweet heat. It’s so good and Charlie loved it, too! I whipped this up in our new dutch oven from Olive Lane that is the perfect size and comes in four fun colors. I love topping this with cheese, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeño, radishes, fresh lime, crushed tortilla chips – options are endless!
Quick and Easy Chili Recipe
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork sausage (I buy the bulk kind at the butcher)
1 white onion, chopped
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
2 14oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 jalapeno deseeded and chopped
1 can of northern beans, drained
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp smoked paprika
3 tbsp hot honey (we use Red Clay Hot Honey!)
salt + pepper to season
* I also like to have vegetable stock on hand to loosen the chili a little or you can just use water!
sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, more jalapeno, green onion to garnish!
In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add your onions and cook until translucent. Add your ground beef + sausage, cooking until brown. Add in your dried seasonings and make sure everything is nice and coated. Add in your 28 oz can of tomatoes and one 14 oz can of tomatoes, jalepeno and beans and let simmer for an hour. Add in the other tomatoes and tomato paste and combine. At this point, soup should be chunky but still have a liquid base. There is a sweet spot you have to find but at this point you can add vegetable stock or water to loosen it if you’d like! Bring to a simmer again and add your hot honey. Enjoy or keep on the stove at a simmer allllll day long. Serve with sour cream, cheese and whatever toppings you like!
served in my new favorite bowls from Olive Lane and pretty linen napkins for fall!
Are you a chili person? The midwest girl in my LOVES chili. So satisfying and warm and fuzzy. I hope your family enjoys this recipe! Throw in some cornbread for the ultimate chili experience.