Everyone’s Favorite Real Food Chili



I have been making this recipe for years and it is a family favorite. It warms you to the bones and leaves your tummy full and your heart happy.  Seriously!  I love that it can stretch a pound of grass-fed ground beef to feed my family of four with leftovers.  I also love that it is packed with veggies which my family gobbles down without even blinking. This is my go-to recipe for entertaining and is great as the main dish or served over rice.  I hope your family enjoys it as much as my family does!

Everyone’s Favorite, Real-Food Chili

Serves 4-6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
This real-food chili is sure to have your family coming back for more. It's jam-packed with veggies and grass-fed beef, a perfect recipe for entertaining as well as for those cold, rainy days.


  • 1lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 3 1/2 cups tomato sauce (or two 15 oz. cans)
  • 1 Small onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Medium diced bell pepper
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 Small diced sweet potato (diced into 1/4 inch cubes)
  • 1 cup beans (kidney or red beans are tasty)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper (or more to taste)


Step 1
Brown ground beef over medium heat in a large skillet.
Step 2
Once browned, toss everything else into the skillet and stir until well combined.
Step 3
Simmer over low heat for about an hour. (Or until you can't wait to eat it any longer.)
Step 4
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese. (omit if dairy-free)

What is your favorite meal to stretch a pound of ground beef?

This recipe was shared at Foodie Friday.