This delicious skillet chili recipe will make you the star of any potluck supper, cookout, or sports party - and it's effortless to prepare and cook!
Check out our skillet chili recipe below, but first, here are the ingredients you will need to feed approximately six people (adjust as appropriate for a larger or smaller group):
Add a little canola or vegetable oil to your cast iron skillet and heat it on the stovetop until very hot. Take your ground beef and sprinkle over the salt and a little cracked black pepper if you wish. Add the ground meat to your skillet in batches, stirring continually until it is completely browned. Don't worry if you get a few burnt bits; these will only add to the flavor of the final dish.
When all the meat is cooked, and no pink bits remain, carefully drain off any excess fat from the skillet (warning - it will be scalding!) Add the onions and bell peppers to the skillet and cook until soft. Then add the beans, the tomato sauce, and the tomato paste, along with the rest of the seasonings. Turn the heat down and allow the chili to simmer gently for at least an hour.
Serve with tortillas, rice, or tortilla chips, as well as soured cream and guacamole.
If you're looking for a thick chili recipe, you can follow the steps above, and then as you get to the end of the cooking process, if the chili is a little thin for your liking, you have a couple of options. You can either continue to simmer the skillet chili for one or two more hours, which will allow the sauce to reduce as more of the water evaporates. Or, if you don't have time to wait for your chili to reduce, you can mix a little cornstarch with a tablespoon of water in a cup, making sure to mix in any lumps, and then add this mixture to the chili and stir in thoroughly.
Well, that depends on how long you have. The cooking times we've given in the skillet chili recipe above are a minimum to ensure all the ingredients are cooked, and the flavors have time to develop, but if you have more time, the longer you cook your chili, the better it gets. Some people like to simmer it all day, and even overnight (although we don't recommend you leave your stove unattended with the heat on). If the chili starts to dry out, you can always add a little water or a little extra stock to bring it back to the ideal consistency.
You can change things up a little by adding extra ingredients to the basic skillet chili recipe, which we've outlined above. Here are a few ideas which we think work well: