Beef and Pork Chili Recipe

A mouthwatering Beef and Pork Chili Recipe that will elevate your comfort food experience. In just 45 minutes, you’ll go from kitchen prep to savoring a hearty bowl of chili bursting with flavors. A chili for those cozy nights when you crave something warm and flavorful in every bite. 

A big pot of classic beef chili with pork is packed with meat and beans and is perfect for those cold winter days. So grab a blanket, a book, and a big bowl of chili, and you are all set for a cozy evening.

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This is an easy recipe that makes a pot of flavorful chili perfect for cold nights, a game day meal, a family gathering, a potluck, tailgating, or football watching with a crowd. It’s always easy to make and easy to serve, and most people enjoy a bowl of warm goodness.

Make this recipe your own by deleting, adding, or replacing the ingredients to make it to your liking. It’s very forgiving, so make it your own. I would even throw in a few jalapenos to kick it up a bit, especially on cold days.

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What Is Beef, Pork, and Bean Chili

Chili is a hearty and flavorful dish that usually consists of meat, tomatoes, beans, and spices. It’s warm and comforting, a one-pot meal, and great for gatherings. It’s a versatile dish people enjoy and can customize to suit their tastes.

Why This Recipe Is Fabulous

If you’re looking for an easy recipe that delivers taste and heartiness, you’ve come to the right place. Ground beef, spicy pork, and beans work together nicely to add richness and texture to the entire dish, but the spicy sausage is the star of the show. It infuses the chili with a slight heat, creating a perfect harmony of flavors. It’s a great chili for all to enjoy.

Easy to Make: You can go from browning the meat to serving a bowl in less than 45 minutes.

Meat Duo: The ground beef and sausage work nicely together to create a delicious flavor profile.

Spicy Sausage: The spicy sausage is the secret weapon, making this my best chili recipe for a fast weeknight meal.

Versatile: You can certainly customize this dish with your favorite beans, regular sausage, and ground beef. This is a good recipe to add or subtract ingredients and add your favorite things.

Ingredients Needed for Homemade Beef and Sausage Chili

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These ingredients, when combined, create a flavorful and hearty pot of chili that is perfect for any day of the week. Adjust the spice level and seasonings based on your taste preferences, and you’ll have a delicious pot of hearty chili in no time. Be sure to see the printable recipe card below for a complete list of ingredients and amounts.

Ground Beef – I prefer to use ground beef with a moderate fat content; the fat gives the chili flavor. If I have venison in the freezer, I will use that in place of the ground beef.
Ground Sausage – The ground pork sausage adds a lot of flavor to the chili. Choose a good brand, and it will be seasoned just right.
Onion – Sweet, white, or yellow onion is cooked with the meat.
Chili Powder – You can make your own chili powder if so desired, but I use the store bought for convenience, plus it tastes just fine. I use two tablespoons chili powder. Adjust as needed.
Diced Tomatoes – I use canned diced tomatoes.
Kidney Beans – Red kidney beans are a classic choice. Choose between light and dark.
Black Beans – Black beans add a nice touch of color and texture. Rinse the beans before adding them to the chili.
Crushed Tomatoes – Crushed tomatoes add a thick and rich base for the chili. Look for brands without additional seasonings.

Rotel Tomatoes (optional) – These are optional, but add more kick to your chili. I like to add a can to my chili for more flavor.

How to Make Delicious Chili

This is a good basic recipe that other ingredients can be added if desired. With just a few easy steps, you can have a pot of chili going on the stove for you, your family, or your friends to enjoy.

  1. In a large pot, scramble beef, sausage, and onion until the meat is no longer pink. Drain any grease in the pot.
  2. Add chili powder and stir into the meat.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, crushed tomatoes, and water. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Enjoy with corn chips, crackers, cornbread, or tortilla chips. Top as desired with sour cream, jalapenos, and shredded cheese.

Other Meats To Use In This Sausage and Beef Chili Recipe

Experiment with your favorites for a chunky chili recipe.

  • Stewing Beef (stew beef) instead of ground beef.
  • Sliced Link Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Beef Brisket 
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Recipe Tips

These are some suggestions for creating an award-winning chili recipe that you, your family, and your guests will love. This recipe is versatile and allows you to experiment with ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

  • Brown the beef, pork, and onions before adding the other ingredients.
  • The ground sausage is already seasoned nicely and adds flavor to the dish.
  • Choose a good chili powder or make your own.
  • Allow time for the chili to simmer to enhance the depth and flavors.
  • Top your chili as desired and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

This classic chili recipe allows you room to mix and match, explore, and get creative in the kitchen to make this your own signature meaty chili recipe.

  • Substitute the ground meat (beef and pork)  with a few of your favorites – ground turkey, venison, stew beef, beef brisket, or leftover pulled pork would be great swaps.
  • Choose a lean ground beef if desired.
  • Season as you like with cayenne pepper or chili pepper.
  • Swap out the beans for navy beans, pinto beans, or beans of your choice.
  • Add some tomato sauce to enhance the tomato flavor.
  • Add some diced bell peppers – a green or red bell pepper will add color.

This is a great recipe and can be changed in endless ways. If you don’t like an ingredient, change it, add to it, or leave it out. These are suggestions and ways to change the taste.

Want To Make A Pot Of Meatless Chili?

Leave it out if you do not want to add meat to your chili. Instead, I would add more beans. A can or two of kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans would make a nice pot of chili. You might even decide to add some bell pepper and celery to give it added flavor.

How to Serve Beef and Sausage Chili

You can get as creative as you like when serving this hearty chili. Beef and pork chili can be served straight from the pot into individual bowls. It’s also great served over a bed of rice, in a baked potato, or in bread bowls. Top with your favorite toppings, and choose a side dish or bread to go with it. It is a hearty and delicious meal for any night of the week; whether you choose a classic presentation or a unique way, this is sure to be a hit.

Can I Make Chili In The Slow Cooker?

Absolutely. Making homemade chili in the slow cooker is a great way to have dinner waiting for you in the evenings when you return home from work. In a large skillet, cook the meat and onion, drain, and then add them to the slow cooker with the other ingredients. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4.

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Toppings For Chili

Add extra toppings to the side so everyone can customize their chili to their liking. Choose your favorites or add a little bit of all. The choice is yours.

  • Hot Sauce
  • Green Onions
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Lime Wedges
  • Sour Cream
  • Diced Jalapeno

How To Store Leftover Chili

Store all leftover chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator. How long is leftover chili good for in the refrigerator? This chili will be fine for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To reheat: Place in a microwave safe container and heat until warm, or place in a pot on the stovetop and heat until warm. 

How To Freeze Chili with Beans? Place leftover chili in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. Place into the freezer for 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, heat, and serve.

Other Side Dishes to Serve with Chili

Cornbread, crackers, or corn chips are my favorites to serve with chili.

Honey Butter Skillet Corn

Creamy Coleslaw

Dinner Ideas With Leftover Chili

Jiffy Cornbread Chili Casserole

Chili Dog Sliders

Serve leftover chili over Oven Baked Potato Wedges (French Fries)

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use This Chili On Chili Dogs?

Absolutely. This chili would be delicious on chili dogs, and in most instances, this is what I use instead of a store-bought chili.

Can I Make This Chili Ahead of Time?

Absolutely. In most cases, chili is always better the next day. Prepare it in advance, let it cool, and refrigerate. Reheat when ready to serve.

Can I Freeze This Chili?

Yes, this chili freezes well. Allow it to cool, transfer it to an airtight container or ziptop bag, and place it in the freezer. It can be stored for up to 3 months.

What If I Don’t Have Spicy Sausage?

If you don’t have spicy sausage or prefer a milder one instead, you can use a regular mild sausage or omit it altogether. Substitute the sausage for more ground beef or another type of meat.

More Soup Recipes

Leftover Ham & Bean Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Pot Roast Soup

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili


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Beef and Sausage Chili

Homemade Beef and Sausage Chili

Gina Abernathy
A delicious homemade beef and sausage chili that comes together fast with pantry ingredients. A big bowl is sure to warm you up on a cold day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound spicy ground sausage
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 14.5 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes plus 1 can water (refill this can with water)
  • 1 (10oz.) can Rotel Tomatoes (optional)


  • In a large soup pot, scramble beef, sausage, and onion until the meat is no longer pink. Drain any grease in the pot.
  • Add chili powder and stir into the meat.
  • Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, crushed tomatoes, Rotel tomatoes, and water. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  • Enjoy with crackers, corn bread, or corn chips. Top as desired with sour cream, jalapenos, and shredded cheese.
Keyword Homemade Beef and Sausage Chili
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Beef and Sausage Chili in a bowl with text overlay.

Looking for more cozy food? Be sure to check out my Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole from the Lake Martin Living Magazine.


  1. Thanks for this recipe as my husband and sons like a homemade beef chili. I like it as it is an easy one for my son to learn. He is moving out of home soon and this is something he could easily make. I also like it as it uses pantry staples that we usually have on hand.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a perfect dinner for our cold night tonight! I am looking forward to a big bowl of homemade beef and sausage chili with some cornbread to go with it! Great recipe!

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