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Southern Chili Recipe

Southern Chili Recipe - Are you a chili orphan? Did someone leave to wander the world with no variant of the hearty classic?
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Minutes or Less, basic chili recipe, Beef, chili with beans, Classic Southern, Clean Eating, fall chili recipe, Main Dishes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 285kcal
Author: Feodora Nastashia


  • 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.