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Dutch Oven Chili


This hearty and flavorful dutch oven chili feeds the whole family, made with simple and easy-to-find ingredients. It’s effortlessly made in one pot with minimum prep time.

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white bowl with meat, vegetables and red beans and read sauce.

Recipe Features

  • This dutch oven chili recipe is made in one pot for easier clean-up after. 
  • Perfect as part of the meal prep since it stores really well.
  • Hearty and filling, perfect for the whole family on chilly days!
  • Loaded with vegetables and easily customizable.

Key Ingredients

tabletop with ingredients needed to make chili

Ingredient Notes

  • Meat. Ground beef.
  • Beans. Red kidney beans.
  • Vegetables. Gren bell pepper and onion.
  • For the sauce: tomato sauce and chopped tomatoes.
  • For the flavor: chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt.

How to Make Chili in Dutch Oven

Step 1. Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a large Dutch oven pot. Add a finely diced onion, cook till soft and slightly browned. Add ground beef, break large chunks with a wooden spoon, cook till no longer pink. 

browned ground meat in the dutch oven pot

Step 2. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juices, diced bell pepper. Add the spices: chili powder, paprika, garlic, salt. Bring to boil; once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer covered for 30 minutes. 

dutch oven pot with tomato sauce and diced green bell peppers

Step 3. After 30 minutes have passed, open and gently fold rinsed kidney beans.

dutch oven pot with red tomato sauce and red kidney beans

Step 4. Taste, adjust the spices, add a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Serve. 

ducth oven with cooked ground meat and red sauce

Tips For Success

  • Use a quality tomato sauce. I like my tomato sauce to have some sweetness and always buy my favorite kind.
  • When adding spices, combine all spices, then sprinkle all over and stir.
  • When adding beans, make sure not to stir too hard after not to crush them.
  • Cook slow on low; it’s important for chili to simmer for 30 minutes the chili will be tastier this way.
  • It’s important to taste and adjust the salt and acid at the end. When adding Worcestershire sauce; start with adding just a tablespoon and increase based on your taste buds.
  • If you like it spicy: add a pinch of cayenne pepper, black pepper, diced jalapenos.
  • Serving suggestions: serve on top of rice, with polenta, mashed potatoes, mac, and cheese, on top of nachos.
  • Garnish and toppings ideas: shredded cheese, fresh chopped green onions, chives, fresh dill, yogurt, sour cream.
  • Variations: add more vegetables, corn, celery, zucchini. Use different kinds of ground meat: turkey, lamb.
  • Storage tips. Store chili in the air-tight glass container.
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Dutch Oven Chili

Natalia-Flavorful Home
This hearty and flavorful dutch oven chili feeds the whole family, made with simple and easy-to-find ingredients. It's effortlessly made in one pot with minimum prep time.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 425 kcal

Equipment

  • 7-9 quart Dutch oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 sweet Vidalia onion medium size
  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 2 green bell pepper cleaned and diced
  • 17 oz tomato sauce
  • 26 oz diced tomato fire-roasted kind
  • 15 oz kidney beans or 2 cans of rinsed beans
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp powdered garlic
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a large Dutch oven pot. Add a finely diced onion, cook till soft and slightly browned. Add ground beef, break large chunks with a wooden spoon, cook till no longer pink. 
  • Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juices, diced bell pepper. Add the spices: chili powder, paprika, garlic, salt. Bring to boil; reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer covered for 30 minutes. 
  • After 30 minutes have passed, open and gently fold rinsed kidney beans.
  • Taste, adjust the spices, add a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Serve. 

Notes

Use a quality tomato sauce. I like my tomato sauce to have some sweetness and always buy my favorite kind.
When adding spices, combine all spices, then sprinkle all over and stir.
When adding beans, make sure not to stir too hard after not to crush them.
Cook slow on low; it’s important for chili to simmer for 30 minutes the chili will be tastier this way.
It’s important to taste and adjust the salt and acid at the end. When adding Worcestershire sauce; start with adding just a tablespoon and increase based on your taste buds.
If you like it spicy: add a pinch of cayenne pepper, black pepper, diced jalapenos.
Serving suggestions: serve on top of rice, with polenta, mashed potatoes, mac, and cheese, on top of nachos.
Garnish and toppings ideas: shredded cheese, fresh chopped green onions, chives, fresh dill, yogurt, sour cream.
Variations: add more vegetables, corn, celery, zucchini. Use different kinds of ground meat: turkey, lamb.
Storage tips. Store in the air-tight glass container.

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 26gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 620mgPotassium: 904mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 718IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 5mg
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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document easy real food recipes perfect for busy families. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!

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