Chili with No Beans

Hi! I'm Lucy!

I'm a home cook, writer, food and wine fanatic, and recipe developer. I've created and tested hundreds of recipes so that I can bring you the best tried and true favorites.

Why I love this Recipe!

Chili without beans is full of beef, peppers, tomatoes, and spices—it's so flavorful and just right for game day or a family night at home! This make-ahead and freezer friendly no bean chili recipe is great for parties and to store in the freezer for busy weeknights.

A mixture of ground meats: sausage, ground chuck, ground sirloinOnionLots of peppers—that's what makes this no bean chili recipe shine: jalapeno, Anaheim, green bell pepper, serrano, and chipotleCanned tomatoesGarlicDark BeerSeasonings: salt, pepper, ground cumin, chili powder, ancho chili powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper

Ingredients You'll Need:

Step 1. Start with a couple of pounds of sausage, ground chuck, or ground sirloin and brown in a large Dutch oven.

Step 2. Once the meat is browned, removed from the pot and drain any excess grease and then add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil or canola oil to the pot. Heat the oil for a minute or so, then add chopped onion, garlic, and peppers to the pot.

Step 3. Once the vegetables are soft and just starting to brown a little, put the meat back in the pot and add a can of crushed tomatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, a bottle of good flavored beer, 1 cup of water, and spices.

Step 4. Bring the chili without beans to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Those chunks of tomato will cook down and blend in and you won't even know they're there, but they will add nice flavor. Step 5. Taste and add salt and pepper and additional seasonings as needed.