The Best Chili Recipe

Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods. Hearty, delicious and packed with flavor. I made this in the Instant Pot but stove top directions are also below.

The main seasoning is chili powder which is chili peppers along with a blend of spices: paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and cumin. Along with chili powder, add your favorite spices based on your preference.

  • To make tex-mex chili, add in a packet of taco seasoning for the spices along with chili powder

  • Make it spicy by adding jalapeño, red pepper flakes or cayenne.

  • Add 2 different types of beans for variety (I used kidney and chili beans)

  • Use your favorite ground meat. For this batch, I added cubed pork shoulder and it was delicious! It was so tender and I actually preferred bigger meat chunks.

  • For the broth, start with 1 cup and add more as needed depending on how much meat you used and the consistency desired.

  • You can also add 1-2 bouillon cubes with water for the broth

  • Make a double batch to meal prep for the week or freeze for later!

Chili Recipe


1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 Jalapeño seeded and minced (optional)

1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 -2 lbs ground meat (I used pork shoulder, cubed)

2 (15 oz) cans of beans, drained ( kidney, chili, pinto, or black)

1 (15 oz) fire roasted or diced tomatoes with juice

1 (8oz) can tomato sauce

1/2 -1 cup broth or water (start with 1/2 cup and add more as needed)

2 Tablespoons tomato paste

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon salt