The Best Beef Chilli

January 19 2020

This is not your classic chilli, but don’t fret, it will not disappoint! I tend to change up my recipes and improvise with the foods I have on hand. As a result, I never end up making the same meal twice, so this is how my recipe came about.

Last time I made chilli, I used ground turkey instead of beef, and it was equally delicious! If you’re vegetarian, you can replace the meat with “beyond meat”.

Come summer time, I love making a “summer chilli” where I add eggplant and other veggies that are in season (see picture below). Recipes are just a guide, so feel free to omit or add other ingredients to make it your own.

Summer Chilli with ground Turkey and Eggplant

If you try the recipe, please tag me on instagram @fruitfulkitchen, I would love to see how your version turns out!


Best Beef Chilli

A healthy and delicious beef chilli with a twist! Substitute beef with ground turkey as an alternative and it will be equally delicious!
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Canadian, Mexican


  • 1 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced finely
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (1 large can)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or beef broth)
  • 1 zucchini optional
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 can kidney beans (or bean medley) rinse and drain
  • 1 cup frozen corn

Toppings (optional)

  • 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 avocado diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 tbsp cheddar cheese grated


  • In a large saucepan, cook ground beef until browned. Mix in onions, garlic and celery and cook for 3 min. Add salt and pepper.
  • Stir in seasonings and tomato paste. Then add diced tomatoes, broth, zucchini, mushrooms and bell pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 30-35 min.
  • Mix in corn and beans and simmer for 5 min. Remove from heat and serve with rice, quinoa, or squash and add toppings of your choice (see recommended toppings above).
Keyword chilli recipes, comfort foods, cozy meals
Posted by Tamara Sarkisian