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Few foods are as cozy, comforting and soul-warming as a large bowl of chili. As one of the reigning queens of comfort food, it should be no surprise that Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) has created one of the most popular chili recipes on the internet. © Getty Images, Lauren Habermehl for Taste of Home
Her Simple, Perfect Chili Recipe has hundreds of rave reviews, so we felt we should put this recipe to the test!
Keep reading to see how this Pioneer Woman chili comes together step by step (and how it compares to our most popular chili recipes).
The Pioneer Woman Chili Recipe © Lauren Habermehl for Taste of Home
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup masa harina
- 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
This Pioneer Woman chili recipe is without a doubt simple. It's so simple, we have to admit that we're a little skeptical of how it will turn out! When it comes to chili, we tend to love recipes that include several types of chilies, a complex blend of spices and one or more surprise ingredients like beer or cinnamon.
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Editor's Tip: If you're not familiar with masa harina, it's essentially a special corn flour. If you don't have masa harina on hand, use finely ground cornmeal instead or omit it entirely. Just note that your chili will have a slightly thinner consistency.
Browning the Ground Beef © Lauren Habermehl for Taste of Home
This chili recipe starts out by browning the ground beef in a large pot with garlic. We opted to use a cast-iron Dutch oven, but a heavy-bottomed stock pot would also work well.
Once fully cooked, a blend of chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt is stirred into the beef along with tomato sauce.
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This is where we felt this recipe took a left turn. Other top chili recipes typically add other additional ingredients at this stage, like beans, diced tomatoes or additional cooking liquids. Ree's recipe, however, directs you to simply cover the pot and let the ground beef mixture simmer on low for one hour, adding 1/2 cup of water if the chili starts to look dry.
In our experience, the additional 1/2 cup of water wasn't optional, it was necessary. After about 15 minutes of simmering, covered, the chili was starting to look VERY dry. However, adding a 1/2 cup of water rehydrated everything nicely for the remaining 45 minutes of cooking.
Making the Masa Harina © Lauren Habermehl for Taste of Home
Next, comes the masa harina, which is used to thicken the chili. We whisked it together in a measuring cup with 1/2 cup of water before stirring it into the chili.
From a thickening perspective, we didn't feel that this chili needed to be thickened at this stage, because it was already fairly thick. However, we loved the subtle aroma that emerged after stirring in the masa harina.
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To finish the chili, we stirred in two types of canned beans (pinto and kidney). Then, we let everything simmer for a final 10 minutes to help the flavors meld together.
The Final Verdict © Lauren Habermehl for Taste of Home
Wow! Forgive us, Ree, we should have never doubted you. I mean, you live on a ranch with cowboys who basically have chili in their blood. This Simple, Perfect Chili is, well, perfect!
Letting the chili simmer for one hour with minimal cooking liquid really allowed the simple blend of spices to become super concentrated and infuse the tomato sauce and beef with tons of flavor.
We were also surprised by the level of heat in this chili. We expected it to be mild since no peppers or hot chilies are included in the recipe. However, we'd place this chili somewhere in the medium range when it comes to spice.
Overall, we give this recipe a glowing 5-star review!
Editor's Tip: The chili powder you use will have a big impact on the spiciness of your chili. Not all chili powders are created equal. If you're using a brand of chili powder for the first time, we suggest scaling back the chili powder to start, taste and add more to get the chili to your preferred level of heat.
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Topping Ideas for Your Chili
Don't forget the toppings! Ree suggests topping her Pioneer Woman chili with cheddar cheese, chopped onions, tortilla chips, and a squeeze of lime. Here are some of our other favorite chili toppings:
- Sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
- Crumbled queso fresco
- Fresh cilantro
- Diced green onions
- Jalapeno peppers
- Ripe avocado
- Oyster crackers
- Homemade cornbread crumbles
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Sunday: Bavarian Pot Roast
Since all my grandparents were German, it's no wonder that so many Bavarian recipes have been handed down to me. Because the Midwest has such a large German population, I feel this recipe represents the area well. —Susan Robertson, Hamilton, Ohio
Monday: Apple & Spice Pork Tenderloin
My family loves pork tenderloin, so I created this hearty meal. This slightly sweet preparation is one of our favorites. It's also an impressive dish for company.—Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota.
Tuesday: Slow-Cooked Sauerkraut Soup
We live in Lancaster County, which has a rich heritage of German culture. Our dishes often include sauerkraut, potatoes and sausage. We enjoy this recipe on cold winter evenings, along with muffins and fruit. —Linda Lohr, Lititz, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday: Bavarian Apple-Sausage Hash
This awesome recipe reflects my German roots. In the cooler months, nothing is as comforting as a hearty hash. Serve this versatile recipe as a side dish at a holiday meal or as a brunch entree over cheddar grits or topped with a fried egg. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, CO
Friday: Pork Schnitzel with Dill Sauce
Schnitzel is one of my husband’s favorites because it reminds him of his German roots. An appealing dish for guests, it’s ready in a jiffy. Pop it on buns for a fun handheld option. —Joyce Folker, Paraowan, Utah
Saturday: Oktoberfest Strudels
My husband, being born and raised in Wisconsin, loves bratwurst sausages. So I tweaked this strudel recipe to include some of his favorite filling ingredients and it was an instant hit. Serve with extra mustard for dipping. —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California
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Every nutrient you need for workout recovery you'll find right in your bowl.It's one of Peloton instructor Jess King's go-to dinners after teaching heart-pumping classes. Anyone who's ever taken one of King's classes knows that you definitely end the workout hungry. After a workout, it's important to help the body recover with a meal that has protein, carbs, and fats. They're all nutrient bases a good chili definitely has covered—with the additional benefit of lots of fiber.