Best Classic Chile Recipe

Best Classic Chili Recipe


Best Classic Chili – This traditional chili recipe is just like my mom used to make when we lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico with ground pork, beans, and a simple homemade blend of New Mexico fresh chili seasonings.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 40 mins

Total Time 45 mins

Servings: 8-10 servings


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large red onion – diced

2 pounds lean ground pork

1 1/2 tablespoons red chili powder

2 tablespoons green chile powder

1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 15 ounce cans high quality diced tomatoes (I like Muir Glen Fire Roasted)

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper* -optional

2 (16 oz.) cans beans, drained and rinsed (I prefer black kidney beans or Navy beans)

Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Fresh Cilantro

Sour Cream



  • I like to place the tomatoes in our Bradley Smoker in an open bowl outside our kitchen and smoke them for about 20-30 minutes. If you have a smoker it’s a great way to add interest to your chile and Beans. While I am prepping the chile the tomatoes are smoking. I also run the diced tomatoes through our food processor for about 30 seconds. Not too much, we don’t want tomato sauce.
  • Place olive oil to a large soup pot and put it over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, add the ground pork to the pot. Break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the pork is browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chili powders, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne. Combine well.
  • When finished smoking add the tomatoes, drained beans and stir well.
  • Bring the liquid to a low boil, then, reduce the heat (low to medium-low) to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste Chile and adjust seasonings as you prefer.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. To serve take warm soup bowls and place Chile in the bowls, garnish with grated cheddar, fresh cilantro and a dab of sour cream. I place some bottled smoked Chipotle, sauce on the table when dining.

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