This Pioneer Woman chili recipe comes to us from the Food Network star herself. Whip up a hearty batch tonight!
There are so many reasons to love chili!
Need something rich, comforting and satisfying? Chili!
Need something easy
to make, but packed with hearty flavor? Chili!
Need something to cook for a crowd, that's guaranteed to please? Chili!
This recipe from the Pioneer Woman needs very little hands-on cooking time, so you can virtually fix it and forget it. The blend of spices produces just the right amount of heat, with the flavors developing and intensifying as it simmers away.
What type of meat should I use to make chili?
A classic chili (like this one) is made with flavorful beef, usually ground, although you can make a double beef chili by adding some stew meat too.
But this recipe works well with other meats instead - you could try ground turkey
, chicken or even pork! Another option is to make a White Chicken Chili
- it's a creamy and totally delicious take on the classic dish!
Save time and cook ahead
Chili is one of those meals that stores really well and is just as good - if not better! - the second time around.
Provided it's cooled quickly (in under 2 hours), chili can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. If you like to batch cook in advance, you can store chili in the freezer for up to 6 months (any longer than that and it starts to lose its flavor).
How to make your own chili seasoning
Another time-saver is to pre-mix your own chili seasoning
. You can make it just the way you like it, and you'll have just the right spice blend on hand to toss into the pot. Homemade chili seasoning is cheaper than the store-bought varities too!
Here's what you'll need:
1/4 cup chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
Simply mix all the ingredients together and store them in an airtight container. The mixture will last for up to a year, although it will have the best flavor in the first 6 months.
What to serve with chili
There are just so many things you can do with your delicious homemade chili. Here are some ideas.