This Easy Ground beef chili is thick and rich and comes together in about 30 minutes. Serve with cornbread, saltines, tortilla chips, or over a loaded baked potato for a delicious weeknight or lazy weekend meal.
2poundslean ground beef, 93% or leaner
1/2teaspoonground cumin[See Note 1]
1tspsalt, more or less to taste
1tspground peppermore or less to taste
2cupskidney beansif canned -rinsed and drained
Place the ground beef in a large pot and add the onions and garlic.
Cook over medium heat until browned.
Drain off any excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and ground black pepper.
Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low.
For a quick weeknight meal, simmer over low heat for 25minutes, stirring occasionally.If you have more time, simmer on low for an hour, stirring occassionally.
If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.
Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes.
Use more or less cumin to taste.
Saucier - add a second can of tomato sauce and adjust the seasonings accordingly, to taste.
Hearty - add a can of diced tomatoes and another can of drained and rinsed beans.
Zesty - add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.smoky - replace sweet paprika with smoked paprika.
Tex-Mex - use diced stew beef instead of ground beef
Turkey - replace ground beef with ground turkey
vegetarian - replace ground beef with protein crumbles