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stovetop dutch oven chili with wooden spoon

Stovetop Dutch Oven Chili

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


This Stovetop Dutch Oven Chili Recipe is hearty, thick, rich, and flavorful. All made in one dutch oven or large pot for easy clean up. It’s perfect for a chilly day or even a game day party. All you need is ground beef, broth, beans, canned tomatoes, and some staple spices!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium-large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 14oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1.52 cups beef broth
  • 2 15-oz cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained 


  1. Brown Ground Beef – Heat up a large dutch oven with the oil to medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ground beef and cook, while crumbling, until fully cooked and crumbled. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked beef to a plate.
  2. Cook Onion and Garlic – If there is excess grease, remove some of it but leave a layer in the pot, then add the diced onion and sauté until the onion is tender. About 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and spices and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Add Remaining Ingredients – Add all ingredients, including the cooked beef, to the dutch oven. Stir to combine. Make sure to scrape any bits from the bottom. Bring the chili to a simmer and reduce the heat to maintain.
  4. Simmer – Allow the chili to simmer for at least 30 minutes. Give it a stir occasionally to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. If you’re only simmering for ~30 minutes then you can leave it uncovered so it thickens. But if you are simmering for longer then you can cover with a lid and remove for the last 30 minutes.
  5. Serve – Remove the bay leaves and discard. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stove Top, Dutch Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Dutch Oven Chili, Stove Top Chili, Classic chili

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