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A big white bowl is full of meaty beef and bean chili. You can see chunks of tomatoes and pieces of corn. There is a dollop of sour cream on top.
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5 from 4 votes

Beef and Bean Chili

Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 376kcal


  • 2 cans of Italian stewed tomatoes 14.5oz each
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes 28oz each
  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Knorr chicken bouillon
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar OPTIONAL, use as needed
  • 2 cans chili beans 15.5oz each - I use all the sauce
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 oil for sautéing onion
  • 2 lbs hamburger 15%
  • 2 ears of raw corn on the cob can use 1 cup of frozen - notes


  • Open the cans of stewed tomatoes and use a kitchen scissors to snip them tomatoes into smaller chunks while they are still in the cans.
  • In a large soup pot put stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, garlic powder, chicken bouillon, sugar and beans. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When it boils, turn it down to a simmer.
  • Meanwhile, chop the onion into 1/2" pieces. Add oil to cast iron frying pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until onion is golden brown and slightly softened. Add onion to the tomato mixture.
  • Brown hamburger in cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When it starts to sizzle vigorously, turn heat down to medium and stir occasionally until no longer pink.
  • While the hamburger cooks, use a sharp knife to slice the corn off of the cob. Add the corn and hamburger with all of the juices.
  • Simmer chili for 10 minutes.
  • The chili can be served right away, but it is also great to let it sit a few hours or until the next day. It will be more flavorful. This makes a great freezer meal.
  • Note: If there is no corn on the cob in the store, you can substitute 1 cup of frozen corn. Look for a brand with young, tender kernels that have a bit of crunch to them.


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1607IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg