Pioneer Woman Chili Recipe


There are so many reasons to love chili! 

Need something rich, comforting and satisfying? Chili! 
Need something easy to make, but packed with hearty flavor? Chili!
Need something to cook for a crowd, that’s guaranteed to please? Chili!
Instant Pot Cajun Chili Photo
This Pioneer Woman chili recipe requires very little hands-on cooking time, so you can virtually fix it and forget it. The blend of spices produces just the right amount of heat, with the flavors developing and intensifying just enough as it simmers away.

Pioneer Woman Chili Ingredients

  • Ground beef
  • Fresh garlic cloves
  • Tomato sauce
  • Red chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Ground cayenne pepper
  • Masa harina (corn flour)
  • Red kidney beans
  • Dried pinto beans

What Type of Meat Should I Use to Make Chili?

A classic chili (like this one) is made with flavorful beef, usually ground, although you can make a double beef chili by adding some stew meat, too. 
But this recipe works well with other meats instead – you could try ground turkey, chicken or even pork! Another option is to make a White Chicken Chili – it’s a creamy and totally delicious take on the classic dish!
And if you prefer to avoid meat, the good news is that you can still enjoy the wonderful flavor of homemade chili with the Pioneer Woman Veggie Chili Recipe.
Chili Con Carne Picture

Save Time and Cook Ahead

Chili is one of those meals that stores really well and is just as good – if not better! – the second time around.
Provided it’s cooled quickly (in under 2 hours), chili can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. If you like to batch cook in advance, you can store chili in the freezer for up to 6 months (any longer than that and it starts to lose its flavor).

How to Make Your Own Chili Seasoning

Another time-saver is to pre-mix your own chili seasoning. You can make it just the way you like it, and you’ll have just the right spice blend on hand to toss into the pot.
Homemade chili seasoning is cheaper than the store-bought varities too!
Chili Con Carne Image

Homemade Chili Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
Simply mix all the ingredients together and store them in an airtight container. The mixture will last for up to a year, although it will have the best flavor in the first 6 months.
Instant Pot Cajun Chili Pic

What to Serve with Chili

There are just so many things to searve with chili. Here are a few of our favorite ways to serve chili:
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Pioneer Woman Chili Photo

Pioneer Woman Chili Recipe

Matt R.
This Pioneer Woman chili recipe comes to us from the Food Network star herself. Whip up a hearty batch tonight!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 1 serving
Calories 460.19 kcal


  • 2 Ground Beef
  • 2 Garlic chopped
  • 8 Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Ground Cumin
  • 1 Oregano
  • 1 Salt
  • 0.25 Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 0.25 Masa Harina
  • 15 Red Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 Dried Pinto Beans drained and rinsed


  • Place ground beef in a pot and toss in the garlic.
  • Cook over medium heat until browned.
  • Drain the excess fat.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne.
  • Mix well, cover and then reduce the heat to low.
  • Simmer for about 60 minutes, stirring here and there.
  • After an hour, place the masa harina in a small bowl.
  • Add a half cup water and stir with a fork.
  • Dump the masa mixture into the chili.
  • Mix together well and taste/adjust the seasonings.
  • Add more masa paste and /or water to ensure the chili is your preferred consistency.
  • Add the beans and simmer for 10 more minutes.


Calories: 460.19kcalCarbohydrates: 47.09gProtein: 37.81gFat: 11.63gSodium: 500.41mgFiber: 12.06gSugar: 1g
Keyword Chili, Dinners, Easy, Easy Dinners, Food Network, Ground Beef, The Pioneer Woman
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