Seriously, all the cool kids are making it.

Classic Beef and Two-Bean Chili
Credit: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Thom Driver

Chili season is officially here, and we are not messing around. Finally, it’s chilly (pun intended) enough to actually enjoy a piping hot bowl of beef, tomatoes, and plenty of spices. REJOICE! Before you start blindly dumping ingredients in a pot and crossing your fingers for the best, allow us to introduce you to a unanimous crowd favorite on our site. This easy chili not only brags a perfect 5-star rating, but it’s one of the most visited pages on our site, day after day. If that’s not convincing enough, then you’re just going to have to give it a whirl to see for yourself what all the hype is about.

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With a humble, innocuous ingredient list, this recipe is truly for everyone, from chili veterans to chili newbies. It’s simple and straightforward, yet still packed with flavor. While the recipe calls for a slow cooker, if you don’t have that kind of equipment in your kitchen, you can easily get away with letting it simmer in a large pot or Dutch oven over your stove for a couple hours. Like any good chili or soup, you can easily play around with the ground meat you use, intensity of the spices, and selection of canned beans—make a chili that you and your family are truly excited to eat! If you’ve got an extra pepper laying around or some dry spices that are just begging to be incorporated, we’re not here to stop you.

The beauty of a good batch of chili is it’s versatility and longevity. Freeze half to keep on deck for the future—you know, for one of those nights when you just can’t muster up the strength to cook. You can also opt to make your pot of chili on a Sunday and eat off of it all week. Chili is one of the few, beautiful things that you can meal prep ahead of time that will actually get tastier as the week progresses. Save your salad bowls for another week, my friends. You can also switch things up and serve some of your glorious chili over hamburgers or hotdogs, or create your own DIY chili bar for your next get-together and let guests dress up their bowls with shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced radishes, scallions, corn chips, or whatever you like. Whatever direction you choose to take your chili, let this fan favorite recipe be your starting point. ‘Tis the freakin’ season after all, and we just want you to be on your way to chili greatness.

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane