Hearty (and Healthy!) Meaty Chili

We just returned from a 2-week long stay in California.  We went to celebrate my parents’ 35th anniversary (more on that to come!).  One of the things that we make sure to do is cook things that we don’t usually eat in our own respective homes.  My mom makes a killer Chicken Chow Mein, so she usually makes that while I’m visiting.  My father loves Beef Chili, so I like to make that for him while I’m visiting as well.  When I was visiting this time around, I made sure to cook a double batch and stock their freezer with individual servings, so that he can enjoy a warm bowl of this hearty chili whenever he wants to 🙂




Hearty Meaty Chili

Yield: 4-6 Servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups (or one 15 ounce can) pinto beans (drained)
  • 1 ½ cups (or one 15 ounce can) kidney beans (drained)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalepeño, diced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Cook the beef over medium-high heat until it becomes dry.

In a slow cooker, combine the beef and remaining ingredients.  Cook on high for 2 ½ hours, or low for 4 to 5 hours.

Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and spring onions.

Note:  If slow cooker is not available, combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium low heat for 2 to 3 hours, until the chili is thick and the vegetables and beans have softened.


6 responses

  1. Chilli looks so good!

    My best wishes to you Mom n Dad for longer and healthier life in sha Allah!

    Since California is a common place for both of us,(my mom n dad live there too:), we must try to meet up there next time in sha Allah. Email me privately when you go next or I shall when I go and we can meet in sha Allah!

    • Thank you, and Ameen! 🙂
      Do you visit often? I try to go back every few months. InshAllah the next time I go I’ll be sure to email you privately and see if you’re there too 🙂 Maybe we can meet up!

  2. How was the trip? Hope everything went well 🙂

    This chilli looks so good. My mom used to make chilli but she would always use one of those packets. I’ve been wanting to make one from scratch but most recipes out there use 3-4 pounds of meat which is insane. Love that yours is a manageable amount 🙂 Are pinto beans the white kidney beans?

    • Our trip was great Alhumdullilah! The party went great, and inshAllah I’ll email you some pictures soon 🙂
      I have a gori Chachi who makes amazing chili (according to my dad), so a few years back I started making it for him. I like to give it to him because it’s full of protein, so I like to think that it gives him some energy 🙂

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