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Budget Basic Beef Chili

Sure, your dad’s chili was good and all, but it could have had a bit less beans and a ton more veggies, right? This large-batch beef based chili stays true to the classic dish but bulks it up with the addition of affordable veggies that are available year-round.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Servings: 6


  • 1 ½ pound ground beef medium
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper veins and seeds removed and diced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper veins and seeds removed and diced
  • 2 jalapenos veins and seeds removed and diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 796 ml
  • 1 can tomato paste 156 ml
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • chopped green onions for serving


  • In medium-large dutch oven, brown and drain ground beef.
  • Add onions and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add vegetables, canned goods, spices and water. Mix until well combined.
  • Heat to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 45 minutes, checking every 15 minutes to stir. Add extra water in 1/4 cup increments if chili is too dry.
  • Top with green onions and serve with toast or refer to serving suggestions below!


Serving Suggestion: Chili doesn’t have to be served on toast. Break the rules and go rogue by serving this flavourful chili over budget friendly options such as pasta, polenta, or even steamed cabbage!