There’s a recipe over at called Chili By George!  It has been made over 3,000 times on the site.  It’s simple, but a perfect base.  You can add and change and tweak according to your preferences.  I’ve been making different versions of it for nearly 10 years and here’s my favorite.  It’s also featured in my Freezer Cooking post and freezes excellently for quick meals later.

2 lbs ground beef (either lean or drained)
200g onions, diced
100g bell pepper
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 can chili beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can diced green chiles
1 can tomato paste
Seasonings (these are suggestions…if you’re a comfortable cook, get wild with em…if you need a smart place to start, use these.  I often follow this, cook a few minutes, then add this much of everything except the sugar and chili powder all over again)
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1.5 tsp cumin
1/4 C chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika

In large pot, brown beef with onions, garlic and peppers.  Drain grease.  Add everything else.  Mix well and let simmer.  I usually add a couple of cups of water at this stage.  It will still be really thick.  Add more water to reach desired consistency.  The longer it simmers, the better it is.


Divide into 8 servings immediately.  As written, the nutritional info is: 280 cal, 10f, 21c, 28p.  It’s hearty and delicious.  Feel free to tweak to your specifications.  It’s fantastic topped with plain greek yogurt (or sour cream) and shredded cheese.

Mega thanks to George!


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