Hearty Midwest Chili

I am a midwest girlie through and through.

I was born and raised in Ohio, and if there’s one thing I know…it’s classic midwest recipes. And this chili recipe is no exception.

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My mother makes a mean chili. We’re talking – no recipe, she just does it by “feel.”

Well, when she came to visit me this past weekend, I wanted to have some “fast food” on stand-by in my fridge, in case hunger strikes.

So I made this chili.

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Which, was intimidating! Like being asked to sing in front of Celine Dion or Adele….

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And you know what? She LOVED it! She actually wanted the recipe!

When the weather gets cold, it calls for CHILI! this hearty and delicious family recipe is healthy, gluten free and until now - TOP SECRET! that’s right! Nobody makes chili like they do in the Midwest! #food #glutenfree #dinner #chili #keto #paleo #cooking #recipe #soup #beef #midwest

SO! Without further ado…introducing my Hearty Midwest Chili!

It’s gluten free and totally delicious! And not to mention — SUPER easy and quick to make, and it keeps in the fridge for a week! (It just gets better with time!)

When the weather gets cold, it calls for CHILI! this hearty and delicious family recipe is healthy, gluten free and until now - TOP SECRET! that’s right! Nobody makes chili like they do in the Midwest! #food #glutenfree #dinner #chili #keto #paleo #cooking #recipe #soup #beef #midwest

Here’s What You Need: (Makes 6 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion -diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef – I used grass-fed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper* -optional
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • Garnishes: sour cream (SCD omit), shredded cheddar cheese, chives

Tools:
Large soup pot
Wooden spoon
Can opener
Colander
Measuring spoons

Directions:
In a large soup pot, saute the onion in 2 Tbsp EVOO for 5 minutes over medium high heat. Add in the garlic, and let cook for another 2 minutes.

Then, add the ground beef. Cook for 6-7 minutes, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned.

Next, add the spices, sugar, tomato paste, and salt and pepper.

Finally, add the broth, diced tomatoes *with their juice, drained and rinsed beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and let cook for 20-25 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.

This will keep for up to a week in the fridge. Also great to freeze in individual portions!

When the weather gets cold, it calls for CHILI! this hearty and delicious family recipe is healthy, gluten free and until now - TOP SECRET! that’s right! Nobody makes chili like they do in the Midwest! #food #glutenfree #dinner #chili #keto #paleo #cooking #recipe #soup #beef #midwest

Oh my goodness, what a chili!

This one is different than the one I usually make, because it is “tomato-forward.” That’s how my mom makes hers, so I decided to make it the traditional midwest way. And boy, does it ever pack the flavor!

When the weather gets cold, it calls for CHILI! this hearty and delicious family recipe is healthy, gluten free and until now - TOP SECRET! that’s right! Nobody makes chili like they do in the Midwest! #food #glutenfree #dinner #chili #keto #paleo #cooking #recipe #soup #beef #midwest

There’s something really magical that happens when you stir in sour cream and melted cheddar cheese to a bowl of pipping hot chili. It melts into the mixture and turns it this beautiful blond color. Mmm! It’s so magical.

When the weather gets cold, it calls for CHILI! this hearty and delicious family recipe is healthy, gluten free and until now - TOP SECRET! that’s right! Nobody makes chili like they do in the Midwest! #food #glutenfree #dinner #chili #keto #paleo #cooking #recipe #soup #beef #midwest

I also brought some of this chili over to my special gentleman, and wow – he gobbled it up! He ate it for both lunch AND dinner for two days straight!

When the weather gets cold, it calls for CHILI! this hearty and delicious family recipe is healthy, gluten free and until now - TOP SECRET! that’s right! Nobody makes chili like they do in the Midwest! #food #glutenfree #dinner #chili #keto #paleo #cooking #recipe #soup #beef #midwest

Talk about rave reviews! It’s hearty! It warms you from the inside out. And it’s super flavorful! And finished with some chopped chives, it’s a meal worthy of a magazine cover!

When the weather gets cold, it calls for CHILI! this hearty and delicious family recipe is healthy, gluten free and until now - TOP SECRET! that’s right! Nobody makes chili like they do in the Midwest! #food #glutenfree #dinner #chili #keto #paleo #cooking #recipe #soup #beef #midwest

So do yourself a favor and make this! And if you make it on Sunday, you’ve got good eats for the week!

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25 thoughts on “Hearty Midwest Chili

    1. Hi Steven. They do! That’s Skyline Chili, which is a very specific type of chili. This is a classic Chili recipe. Hugs and love xox

    1. Hi Ian! Oh yes- well with Cayenne pepper and a splash of hot sauce, this recipe has got you covered! And that’s really awesome – where in Asia? Hugs and love xox

      1. India was my base for twenty years and Singapore my base for ten years. I then transferred briefly to a university in the Philippines before being requested to return to Australia and reengineer a large private hospital in financial trouble.

    1. Hey John! Oh yes – it’s such a comforting meal! Like a hug in a bowl! haha Oh nice!! sounds like you’ll be having a yummy week! hehe Hugs and love xox

    1. Hi Ang! Oh fun!! i love the snow. i can’t wait for a good snowstorm 🙂 and you’re right – that’s perfect chili weather! thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

    1. hi Rachael! oh nice! yay! oh then you have the chili gift! hahah With cinnamon rolls! Now, that is something I’ve never heard of before! how interesting. but i do know that one of the secret ingredients in Cincinnati chili is cinnamon, so that does track 🙂 i’ll have to suggest that to my fam and see what they say! haha thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

      1. Maybe it’s a Nebraska thing? When I was in elementary school one of the lunches we would have is chili and cinnamon rolls. We also have a local fast food restaurant in Nebraska and during the fall and winter season they have a chili and cinnamon roll meal. It’s actually really good. Might have to try it sometime! Haha ❤️

      2. oh my gosh, what a lunch! haha The best lunch we ever had at school was “Brunch for Lunch” when they’d serve french toast sticks. haha – the line would be out the door! 🙂 i think i definitely will!! Hugs and love xox

  1. I also am an Ohio raised, midwestern recipe girl, and I love our special kind of chili. However, the last few years I’ve been on the “white” chili craze with chicken and black beans – yum! Seeing your recipe here made my taste buds yell out for our beloved traditional Ohio chili, though. Thanks for the yummy reminiscence and the recipe – I have to try it now! Warm blessings to you in these cold winter months 💓

    1. Hi Mindy! oh nice!! me too — nothing beats midwestern cooking! 🙂 ooooh – yes! i have been meaning to make a white chili recipe! perhaps my next recipe! 🙂 so glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox

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