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Lisa’s Spicy Ground Beef Chili

Ground Beef Chili

I’ve had a pot of chili on the stove for the last few hours and the aroma is driving me crazy. I’m making  my Spicy Ground Beef Chili. This is my hearty, winter, all-beef chili. It has lots of ground beef, two types of beans, and a bit of spicy heat. Believe me, it’s just as good as my popular Summertime Spicy Crockpot Turkey Chili.

Now, I’m sure some of you are thinking that the chili I pictured looks underdressed. It’s not gussied up with sour cream, onions and cheese. All that I can say is “to each his own”. I eat my chili straight-up with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a side of soda crackers.

chili peppers

chili ingredients

I use typical ingredients found in just about any chili.

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However, there are three ingredients that make my ground beef chili special. The first is the “chili mix” from the Santa Cruz Chili and Spice Company. I’m very fortunate to live just a few miles from the Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Company, so I have easy access to their  “chili mix”. But, it’s available on line for all you chili connoisseurs. The second unusual ingredient is beef broth. Most chili recipes call for adding water. I add beef broth for an extra level of beef flavor. The third special ingredient is fresh lemon juice. I find that, after the chili has cooked down for several hours, adding fresh lemon juice gives the chili a little zing.

Chili cooking

Making the chili is pretty basic. I sauté the beef with the onion and peppers, mix in the spices, add the rest of ingredients and simmer for a couple of hours until…

cooked chili

the liquids cook off and the chili becomes nice and thick. Then I add the fresh lemon juice and serve.

boxed chili

With just Richard and I to feed, there’s lots of leftover chili to freeze. I dole out the chili into 4 cup freezer containers.

Adding spices

To one of the containers I’ve added a pinch (less than 1/16 tsp. each) of allspice, cloves and cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. of cayenne pepper, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar.  Ah, you will have to stay tuned to my blog to discover what I have planned for this little batch of spiced-up chili!

santa cruz chili and spice company

The Santa Cruz Chili and Spice Company sells all types of chili products, chili powder, chili paste& sauces, as well as an extensive list of spices and unusual salts.

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Lisa’s Spicy Ground Beef Chili

Meal type Main Dish
Misc Freezable
Enjoying a bowl of this thick, spicy chili is a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter's day.


  • 2lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 finely diced jalapeno peppers
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 - 29 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 - 29 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 29 oz. can pinto beans (with juice)
  • 1 - 29 oz. can dark kidney beans (with juice)
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper


Step 1. Add the ground beef, diced onion, and bell pepper to a large stock pot. Season with a dash of salt and ground black pepper. Breaking up the ground beef, sauté over medium heat.
Step 2. When the beef is still a bit pink, add minced garlic and diced jalapeno pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes just until beef is no longer pink.
Step 3. Mix the chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper into the beef.
Step 4. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans (including the juice) and beef broth.
Step 5. Simmer for 2-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add extra beef broth or water if chili gets too thick.
Step 6. Add lemon juice before serving.
Step 7. Top with cheese and diced onion if desired. Serve with lemon wedges.

Special Notes:

If you want to cut back on the heat, remove the seeds and center core from the jalapenos. Cut the cayenne pepper to 1/2 teaspoon. Adding the lemon juice gives the chili a little "zing" of freshness after cooking so long. Tip: Clean out the tomato and bean cans with a bit of the beef broth before adding it to the chili.

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