Welcome to my latest culinary adventure, where I reveal to you the recipe for the best chili on the planet. As a self-proclaimed chili fanatic, I have tried and tested countless chili recipes, yet nothing compares to this one. It’s a perfect combination of spices and textures that will take your taste buds on a journey to chili heaven.
For years, I have been tweaking and perfecting this recipe to come up with the ultimate chili recipe. It has become a family favorite and is always highly requested at gatherings. With its heartiness and flavors, this dish captures all of what makes chili one of America’s favorite comfort foods.
This chili recipe is perfect for those who love bold and adventurous flavors, as well as those who appreciate a good balance between spice and temperature. The dish is made up of many simple ingredients that when combined create the perfect union. Get ready to partake in a chili earth revolution with every spoonful.
So without further ado, let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a fan of hearty, spicy and delicious classic chili, you’ll love this recipe. But even if you’re not, this chili will surely change your mind as it is simply the best chili on the planet.
Why do I say so? First off, it’s perfectly balanced with an array of flavors that complement each other. The richness of tomato sauce and juice together with the earthy combination of cumin and chili powder creates an exquisite depth of flavor that is addictive. Add in garlic and onions, both diced and chopped, imparting a subtle sweetness to the savory beef.
Not only does this recipe taste amazing, but it is also immensely satisfying to make. Preparing this recipe makes for an exciting journey into the world of culinary exploration; a chance to become a culinary explorer in your own right. This hearty dish provides endless possibilities for customization based on regional preferences or dietary restrictions – for instance, by making changes such as using lean ground beef or adding vegetarian protein.
In addition to its great taste and versatility, cooking this recipe is incredibly easy. All you need are some essential pantry items like cumin, chili powder, sugar, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce – readily available in any grocery store – and less than ten ingredients in total.
So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try! It’s perfect for cozy evenings whenever you’re feeling like having hot comfort food. The aroma of its flavors will permeate every corner of your house while it simmers on the stove; I can promise the smell alone will get your stomachs rumbling.
And hey, did I mention that this recipe can even be made ahead of time? Whether preparing it for dinner parties or weeknight dinners, it’s incredibly convenient as it can be stored easily in the freezer and reheated later. Plus it’s so delicious that any leftovers basically turn into perfect next-day lunch material.
The final plated dish topped with grated cheese and sour cream might just be the most comforting meal you’ve ever had. With all these good reasons why it’s simply irresistible, I say go ahead make your way to your kitchen straight away!
Below is everything you’ll need to achieve the best chili on the planet. Gather these ingredients before starting to cook:
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 2 cups tomato juice
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 2 cans (16 ounces each) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Olive oil (for cooking purposes)
- Shredded cheese (for a topping)
- Sour cream (for garnish)
Make sure to double-check your kitchen to ensure that all ingredients are present in your pantry or refrigerator before beginning.
The Recipe How-To
Now, let’s get into the heart of the matter: how to make the world best chili. Follow these simple steps and in no time, you’ll be serving a chili dish that will make your taste buds sing.
– 2 lbs. lean ground beef
– 1 large yellow onion, chopped
– 1 green bell pepper, chopped
– 4 cloves garlic, minced
– 2 cans (15 oz.) dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
– 1 can (46 oz.) tomato juice
– 2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
– 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
– 4 tbsp. chili powder
– 1 tbsp. ground cumin
– 1 tsp. dried oregano
– 1 tsp. dried parsley
– 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
– Salt and black pepper to taste
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
Step 1: Cook the Meat
In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook ground beef until browned, stirring frequently.
Step 2: Add Vegetables
Once the beef is cooked through and no longer pink, remove and drain excess fat if desired. Then add chopped onion, green bell pepper, and minced garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender.
Step 3: Add Other Ingredients
Add drained dark red kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato juice.
Step 4: Spices Time
Add in chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, and dried parsley. Season with salt, black pepper, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for added heat.
Step 5: Final Touch
Stir in everything well until fully combined. Bring the chili to a simmer over medium-high heat.
Step 6: Simmer for flavor
Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for at least an hour until flavors have combined perfectly giving you the world “best chili” taste possible.
Enjoy your delicious homemade chili with all-time favorite condiments like shredded cheese and sour cream on top along with some cornbread on the side, which is perfect for soaking up every last bit of sauce left in your bowl!
Now that you know how to make this tempting dish at home, it’s time to get cooking!
Substitutions and Variations
The great thing about chili is that there are endless possibilities for substitutions and variations, making it a versatile recipe that you can customize according to your taste preferences. Here are some ideas to take this recipe up a notch:
For a vegetarian option, swap the ground beef with diced mushrooms, chickpeas or lentils. You can also add some textured vegetable protein (TVP) for more protein.
Experiment with different beans such as black beans, pinto beans, or navy beans instead of dark red kidney beans. You may also use a combination of two different types of beans to add an interesting flavor and change the texture.
Try adding different types of veggies such as corn, zucchini, butternut squash, pumpkin puree or even sweet potatoes in place of green bell peppers.
If you want to make the recipe spicier, use hot chili powder or add chopped jalapeno pepper or Tabasco sauce. On the other hand, if you prefer a mild chili then reduce the amount of cayenne pepper and chili powder.
For a healthier option, use lean ground turkey instead of beef. Alternatively, you could substitute ground chicken for a leaner meat.
If you want to add richness to your chili recipe try adding cocoa powder, beef stock or smoked paprika. To make it more savory, you can experiment with flavors from different herbs and spices like coriander seeds, bay leaf or thyme.
To truly enhance the flavor profile and impress your guests, sprinkle diced bacon on top before serving. It adds an unmatched level of juiciness and crunchiness to every bite!
No matter what variation you choose to try, don’t forget the toppings! This recipe pairs well with shredded cheese and sour cream. However, if you’re looking for a vegan option go with vegan shredded cheese and vegan sour cream alternatives. Served with tortilla chips or cornbread on the side your chili will be a meal that’s hard not to love!
Serving and Pairing
Once your world’s best chili is ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy!
Serve your chili piping hot with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese. These toppings will add a creamy, tangy contrast to the spiciness of the chili. You can also sprinkle some chopped fresh parsley or cilantro on top for added freshness.
As for pairing options, a simple loaf of crusty bread is all you need to soak up the delicious sauce left over in your bowl. Cornbread is also an excellent choice to add some sweetness to balance out the heat of the chili.
If you prefer a healthier option, a side salad or steamed vegetables would be perfect additions. The freshness and crispness of these veggies will complement the hearty texture and richness of your chili, making it a well-rounded meal.
To round out your meal, pair with your favourite wine or beer. A bold red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon, or a hoppy IPA are good choices to match the robust flavour of the chili.
In summary, serving and pairing can greatly enhance your world’s best chili experience. Experiment with different toppings and add-ons until you find your favorite combination. And don’t be afraid to try new pairings – this recipe is versatile enough to be enjoyed with anything that tickles your fancy!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
After the chili has been cooked to perfection, you can make-ahead and store it in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick and hearty meal later.
To make-ahead, let the chili cool down to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container. Keep it in the fridge for up to three days or freeze for up to three months. When reheating, slowly bring it back up to temperature on low heat, stirring occasionally.
For best results, I recommend reheating over low heat on the stovetop rather than using a microwave. The slow warming will help blend and intensify the flavors for an even tastier dish.
You can also store your chili toppings separately, especially if you’re planning on freezing some portions of the chili. A dollop of sour cream and grated cheese can be stored in separate containers and added later as you reheat your chili.
Remember that as with any dish, storing and reheating multiple times can weaken its flavors and texture over time. So always strive to consume your chili within recommended storage times for optimal enjoyment.
Tips for Perfect Results
To ensure that you create the world’s best chili recipe at home, it is important to pay attention to some key tips. Missing out on these tips can mean the difference between an ordinary chili and an excellent one. Below are some tips that will help you achieve perfect results while making your classic chili:
1. Cook your spices properly: Chili powder and cumin give chili its unique earthy and robust flavor. To bring out its flavor and aroma, it is important to toast them for a few minutes in a dry skillet or pot over medium heat before adding them to the recipe.
2. Use fresh ingredients: Using fresh ingredients is always a good idea, as they make an enormous difference in the taste of your dish. If you have wilted and old veggies, it’s better to leave them out rather than add them to the chili pot.
3. Choose high-quality beef: The taste of chili mostly depends on the quality of beef used in its preparation. So don’t skimp on quality when buying beef, as this affects the overall result.
4. Proper stirring: If you’re not constantly stirring as it cooks, then you’ll get bits of beef that will overcook or undercooked bits that will be chewy.
5. Play with the spicy level: Everyone has a different tolerance for spice, so adjust it according to your taste buds. You can add less cayenne pepper if preferred but increasing the amount of chili powder adds more flavor without too much extra heat in return.
6. Let It Simmer for Long Hours: Chili is not a dish that can be made quickly; it requires patience and time. It takes time for all those ingredients to meld together and allowing any tomato acidity to mellow out.
By taking note of these tips, you’re sure to create an edible masterpiece that will leave people begging for more!
As with any recipe, there may be a few questions that come up during the cooking process. In this section, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions to help you achieve the best results when making The Best Chili on the Planet. From choosing between ground beef and vegetarian options to adjusting the level of heat, we’ll provide helpful tips and tricks to make sure your chili tastes absolutely delicious. So whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, read on for some valuable insights.
What is the secret to great chili?
When it comes to cooking, we often tend to stick to traditional ingredients and flavors, but why not try something new? Let’s explore some less commonly used ingredients that can add amazing depth and complexity to your dishes. Specifically, let’s talk about the versatility of cocoa powder, the savory touch of beer, the rich aroma of coffee, and the warmth of cinnamon. Don’t let their usual sweet contexts fool you – these ingredients can take your meals to the next level. So, let’s dive in!
What secret ingredient will deepen the flavor of your chili?
Have you ever tried adding a twist to your chili recipe? As a culinary explorer, I highly recommend stirring some puréed pumpkin into your chili right after you sauté the aromatics, such as onions and garlic, and before pouring in any liquid. By doing so, you’ll get a unique depth and sweetness to your chili, which makes for a perfect complement to all the spicy peppers and heat. This little trick of mine can take your chili to the next level!
What gives chili the most flavor?
When it comes to making chili, people often stick to the basic spices like cumin, chile powder, and cayenne pepper. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, there’s a whole new world of flavor waiting for you to explore. Don’t be afraid to get adventurous and experiment with spices like fenugreek, turmeric, garam masala, or sumac. These spices can add layers of complexity to your dish that you never knew existed. Personally, I love the addition of smoky paprika to my chili, as it adds a unique and delicious flavor that is hard to beat. So go ahead, be bold and try something new. Your taste buds will thank you.
How does Gordon Ramsay make chili?
To start off this recipe, you will need a single large onion to be finely chopped. You will also need to finely chop two garlic cloves, deseed one red chili (for a mild taste), and pick the leaves off two sprigs of thyme to roughly chop. These ingredients will be cooked in some olive oil before adding 500 grams of high-quality beef mince to the mix. To flavor the dish, you will need to add a teaspoon of ground cumin and two teaspoons of sweet paprika for that extra punch of flavor.
: The Best Chili on the Planet is one of the most delicious comfort foods out there. It’s an irresistible combination of mouth-watering flavors, fragrant aromas, and satisfying textures that will satisfy any appetite.
If you love good food and want to make something that is both easy to prepare and absolutely delicious, this recipe is for you. With a few simple ingredients that are easy to find at any grocery store, you can make a chili that will impress even the pickiest eaters.
What makes this recipe so special is the combination of spices and seasonings that create an intense and complex flavor profile. The cumin, chili powder, and oregano work together to create a bold and spicy taste while the sugar balances it out with just enough sweetness.
To top it off, you can add some cheese or sour cream for added creaminess or crunch. It’s perfect on its own in a bowl or as a topping on hot dogs or burgers.
So why not try making The Best Chili on the Planet recipe tonight? You’ll enjoy a warm and savory dish that’s sure to become one of your family favorites. And don’t forget to save your leftovers for later – because this chili tastes even better the next day!
The Best Chili on the Planet Recipe
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (depending on size)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 46 ounces tomato juice
- 2 (16 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- You can make this in a crockpot or Dutch oven. If using a crock pot you can brown ground beef in a frying pan instead of the Dutch oven.
- in large Dutch oven cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain but don’t wipe out pan, set aside.
- Pour olive oil into pan, add onion, green pepper, garlic, jalapeño peppers, and parsley. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until onions become transparent ( about 5 minutes.) Remove from heat and add chili powder, cumin, sugar, oregano, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Stir until combined. .
- If cooking chili in a Dutch oven or crockpot, add meat and veggie mixture into the pan or crockpot. Add kidney beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato juice. Stir until combined. .
- If cooking on the stove top bring to a boil and then dial back the temperature to a simmer. Cook for two hours uncovered. I cook mine all day on the stove covered ( but I am home all day to watch it) and then uncovered for the last 2-3 hours so the chili can thicken. If cooking in the crockpot just turn it on low and let it cook for 7-8 hours. .
- Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream if desired.
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Mishra Vikas is a digital nomad who loves to explore the world and learn about its cultures. As a programmer, backpacker, and cook, he enjoys sharing his adventures and cooking up delectable dishes. Writing about his experiences, creating tasty recipes, and discovering new places are some of his favorite activities. He’s an avid traveler and passionate chef, always on the lookout for an exciting new journey.