Best Homemade Chili Recipe | Southwest Style Chili Recipe with Ground Beef


If you’re like me, you love a good homemade chili recipe on those cold fall or winter nights. This is one of the best southwest chili/ ground beef chili recipes you’ll ever try. It has an amazing, robust flavor with just the right about of spice.

This homemade chili recipe packs lots of flavor and texture.
Homemade chili done right!

The best homemade ground beef chili recipes equal great comfort food

What is more perfect than homemade chili on a cloudy Fall day? If you’re like me, there is just something about chili ingredients that fill the house with a wonderful aroma and warms the heart.

This southwest chili recipe is perfect for anyone who likes to make food ahead or freeze in the icebox. Homemade chili is a great meal to take to work.

All the best ground beef chili recipes start with onion, peppers, garlic, olive oil simmering on a pot. 

The best homemade chili is slow cooked to perfection.
The best homemade chili is slow cooked to perfection.

Chili recipe ingredients

The homemade chili my husband prepared has a distinct kick and is the most delicious chili recipe I’ve ever tasted. Ground beef recipes like this one are lean and high in protein. What I found refreshing about this homemade chili was the use of corn and portobello mushrooms.

We like to enjoy our chili on a lazy Sunday afternoon. As the chili simmers down, the smell of the spicy tomatoes in this beef chili recipe permeates the entire house.  We snacked on it all day.

This homemade southwest chili recipe gets better and better the longer it simmers. 

Resist the urge to hurry. Slow cooking your homemade chili will make all the difference.
Resist the urge to hurry. Slow cooking your homemade chili will make all the difference.

Homemade chili recipes can be easy, fun, and delicious

The amount of spice in this easy homemade chili recipe was right on point. Not too hot and not too mild. My husband’s take on this classic was just remarkable.

Unlike more traditional chili recipes, we like the southwestern flavor profiles of black beans and corn.

Homemade chili done right

Cooking chili is a matter of preference and what works best for you. Some prefer to use a crockpot/slow cooker, I like the slow simmer in a large pot method. In my opinion, what makes a great chili great is the patients and timing of the recipe.

Homemade chili that is rushed is not quite the same and lacks any kind of depth.


Not all chili recipes are alike

Chili recipes are about as common as the last name Smith. Some people prefer a traditional Texas chili, some prefer a Mexican/ Southwest style chili, and some prefer white chilies. Whatever your preference might be, just be careful with the spice in your recipes.


Optional chili additives

While some prefer their chili made simple or plain, other prefer adding crackers, cheese, chives, or even Fritos to their bowls of chili goodness. When I was younger, my mother got me hooked on adding Doritos, cheese, and chives to the top of my chili bowl. Once added, it’s back in the microwave so that the cheese melts over the luscious bowl of chili. MMM MMM MMM!!!


Final thoughts about this homemade chili recipe

We hope you have enjoyed this amazing homemade chili recipe. We would love to hear from you in the comment section below. We would also encourage all of our chili lovers to share this recipe on their social media platforms.


Best Homemade Chili Recipe | Southwest Style Chili Recipe with Ground Beef

This homemade chili recipe is so delicious and is packed with southwest chili flavors. 

Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people



  1. In a large pot, add olive oil, beef stock, onion, garlic and lean ground beef and cook over medium heat.
  2. Cook until meat is no longer pink, drain and then add back to the large pot.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients.
  4. Cook for at least an hour and continue to stir.
  5. Lower the temperature to low.
  6. Optional: Top beef chili recipe with cheese and chives.