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Lou’s Chili

average rating is 3 out of 5, based on 150 votes

Indulge in the rich and savory flavors of Lou's Chili! This mouthwatering recipe features perfectly ground top sirloin (or chicken breast), a medley of aromatic spices, and a touch of smoky paprika. The combination of tender meat, tangy tomatoes, and a subtle kick of heat will leave your taste buds craving more. Get ready to warm your soul and impress your guests with this irresistible homemade chili!

Serving Suggestions/Tips:

Serve Lou's Chili with a side of warm cornbread for a comforting and satisfying meal.

Top your bowl of chili with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and a handful of freshly chopped cilantro for added creaminess and freshness.

Leftover chili can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or frozen for future meals. The flavors tend to develop and intensify over time, making it even more delicious with each reheating.



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Soup Lunch Chicken Side Moderate Gluten-free Dairy-free Beef High-protein Low-carb Keto-friendly Paleo-friendly Nut-free Soy-free Grain-free Sugar-free Clean eating Spicy Comfort food Easy to make Homemade Hearty One-pot meal Meal prep Freezable Budget-friendly Quick and delicious Family-friendly Game day favorite Chili lovers Meat lovers Tomato-based Flavorsome Satisfying Warm and comforting


  • 8 ounces top sirloin, ground (or chicken breast, ground)

  • 1 cup Pomi chopped or crushed tomatoes (or puree if using chopped tomatoes)

  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano

  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • ½ green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon ground oregano

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder (or chipotle powder)

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt (to taste)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pot or skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pot, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.

  3. Add the ground sirloin (or ground chicken) to the pot, and cook until browned, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a spatula or spoon.

  4. Stir in the chopped green bell pepper and continue cooking for a few minutes until it starts to soften.

  5. Add the chili powder, ground oregano, ground cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne powder (or chipotle powder), and salt. Mix well to evenly distribute the spices.

  6. Pour in the chopped or crushed tomatoes (or tomato puree), and stir to combine everything thoroughly.

  7. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the chili simmer for about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more salt or spices according to your preference.

  9. Once the chili has thickened and the flavors have melded together, remove it from the heat.

  10. Serve the Lou's Chili hot in a bowl, and garnish with your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, or cilantro.


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