Bill's Chili (The World's Best Chili Recipe)

This truly is the World's Best Chili, and it's perfect for feeding a crowd.
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, easy, gluten free, world's best chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 420kcal
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 lb stew beef, cut into about one inch chunks
  • 1/4 lb bacon, diced in small pieces
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (or 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic from a jar)
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 Tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4.5 oz chopped green chilies
  • 28 oz whole canned tomatoes (I used Tuttorosso Peeled Plum Tomatoes)
  • 12 oz Tomato Paste (I used two 6 oz cans Tuttorosso Tomato Paste)
  • 48 oz canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups water (add more if needed)

Optional Toppings:

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • diced onion
  • tortilla chips


  • Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the meats, pepper, and onion, and cook until the meat is browned and the vegetables are tender. Drain any collected grease and liquid, if desired.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.
  • Stir in the chili powder, dried mustard, crushed red pepper flakes, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the chilies, tomatoes, tomato paste, kidney beans, and about two cups of water, and simmer on low for at least 2 hours, or put into a crockpot on low for at least 4 hours. Add additional water, as needed to achieve desired consistency.
  • Serve with desired optional toppings.



This chili freezes well, or can be made the day before and reheated.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 1384mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1280IU | Vitamin C: 23.9mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 8.8mg