Chile con carne is a hearty and spicy stew made with ground beef, chili peppers, and a variety of flavorful spices. It is a popular dish in Tex-Mex cuisine, and is typically served with rice, tortilla chips, or crusty bread. Here’s a recipe for making Chile con carne at home:


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Vegetable oil, for cooking


  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crumbled, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cooked beef from the pot and set it aside on a plate.
  3. In the same pot, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and chopped jalapeno peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.
  4. Add the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Stir well to combine.
  5. Return the cooked ground beef to the pot, and stir to combine with the vegetable and spice mixture.
  6. Add the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and beef broth to the pot, and stir well to combine.
  7. Bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes, or until the chili has thickened and the flavors have melded together.
  8. Serve the Chile con carne hot, garnished with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped scallions, and/or sour cream, if desired.