Cliff’s Favorite Chili

Every weekend I try to prepare lunches for the week. This is one of the recipes I make during the winter.  I love that I can make it ahead of time and Cliff can take some to work everyday.  By Sunday night our fridge usually has about 8-10 pre-made lunches that we can just grab each morning.  This is a good way to save money but also it controls what you are eating so you don’t end up with fast food for lunch.


This chili is hearty but the lean meat and veggies make it healthy.  I don’t eat chili, but Cliff tested out many different recipes and decided this was “the one”.

Use this recipe as a base and make changes according to your taste.  For instance, Cliff doesn’t like kidney beans so I make it with two cans of black beans instead.  But adjust it anyway you’d like. I am told this chili has a definite kick, so if you’d prefer something a little more tame I would suggest cutting back on the jalapeno and cayenne pepper, and the chili powder.


Here’s what you’ll need


Start browning the ground sirloin in a dutch oven


Add the onions and peppers


Already looking great, but just wait!


Rinse and drain the beans


Stir in all the seasonings…


and the tomatoes


and the beans


Simmer 1-2 hours


So comforting on a cold day.


Cliff’s Favorite Chili

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup


  • 1-1 1/2 lb ground sirloin
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded, ribs removed and diced
  • 1 14 oz can Mexican-style tomatoes, such as Rotel
  • 1 28 oz can fire roasted crushed tomatoes.
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 14 oz cans of black beans, drained and rinsed


  • shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips


  • Cook ground sirloin with onions and peppers in dutch oven. Add cumin, chili powder, salt, cayenne pepper and paprika. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add beans and simmer for 1-2 hours. Serve with toppings of your choice. Serves 6
Keyword soup