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Cheeseburger Chili

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 4
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A simple and easy weeknight chili recipe, loaded with cheese and toppings!
by: Macheesmo
Updated May 11, 2017
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  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans
  • Salt and pepper


  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped scallions


  • 1
    Roll beef into very small meatballs. You should get 25-30 out of the pound.
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large sturdy pot over medium heat. Add meatballs and brown well on all sides, cooking for 5-6 minutes.
  • 3
    Remove meatballs from pot and add onions, green peppers and jalapenos. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until veggies are softened.
  • 4
    Add garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and tomato paste and stir together. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • 5
    Add diced tomatoes and beef stock and bring to a simmer. Return meatballs to the chili, along with drained and rinsed beans. Simmer for 8-10 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • 6
    Serve with a big handful of cheddar cheese on top, sour cream, and diced scallions.

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More About This Recipe

  • I like chili as much as the next red-blooded American, but I not how everything gets broken down into tiny pieces. That’s why I love this chili recipe so much. Instead of just mashing up ground beef, I like to make little meatballs first. They hold together better and each bite is almost like eating a cheeseburger! Of course, making little meatballs is a bit more work, but it’s worth it. Spoon the chili up in bowls with lots of cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and diced scallions. For 45 minutes of work, it doesn’t get much better than this for a warming winter meal!
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