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Sometimes you just need a good basic bowl of chili. Not too hot, and not too many fancy ingredients. This easy version is guaranteed to deliver it all.

Southern Chili Recipe

A good basic chili recipe is something every cook should have up their sleeve. Make this version your own with your family's favorite additions.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 285kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 1 pound ground beef ground chuck works too
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 package chili seasoning mix of your choice
  • 1 16 ounce can chili beans any spice level
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced chili-ready tomatoes with the juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup dry pasta like spaghetti broken into short pieces


  • In a large pot, brown the ground beef with the onion until no pink remains in the meat. Drain as much of the grease as you can with a spoon. 
  • To the pot, add the seasoning, tomatoes, beans and water and stir to combine. If it's still too thick, you can add 1/2 cup more water until you get to a thickness you like. 
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. 
  • Add the pasta, return to a simmer and stir occasionally until the pasta cooks through--8-11 minutes or so. Turn off the heat and serve warm or you can cool your chili to room temperature, refrigerate and reheat as needed. 




Calories: 285kcal