Oregon Trail Chili

Posted: October 27

Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

recipe image

Oh, pioneers of the kitchen! The path to exceptional flavors is clear with this Oregon Trail Chili recipe. Whether you prefer spicy-hot or mild, this beefy, herbaceous, sweet, and savory chili will bring a warm smile to your face. Oregon Trail Chili is also endlessly customizable, whether you like cilantro, cheese, a runny egg, or anything that fits your trailblazing palette! Let your mouth travel on earthy, smoky, and hearty tastes.


• 1 pound lean ground beef • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste • 1 1/2 cups red wine, optional (but recommended) • 1 yellow onion, diced • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder • 1 tablespoon paprika • 3 cups cooked kidney beans, drained • 1 (14-16 ounce) can of diced or stewed tomatoes • 1/2 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary • 2 1/2 cups water • Optional toppings: • fresh cilantro • cheddar cheese • raw red onion, chopped • jalapeño, chopped (for heat, leave the seeds in) • sour cream • 1 egg, cooked over easy


Step 1

On the stove-top, heat a large pot on medium-low heat.

Step 2

Once the pot is heated, add in the ground beef, breaking it up and stirring it with a wooden spoon every few minutes as it browns.

Step 3

While the beef is cooking, add in the salt.

Step 4

Once the meat is cooked through and begins to brown, increase the heat to medium-high.

Step 5

Deglaze with wine (if using). Let the wine cook off for about 3-5 minutes. It can boil and steam off, but the pot should not be dry.

Step 6

Add in the chili powder, paprika, onion, and garlic. Constantly stir until the aroma of the onion and garlic cooking become fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 7

Toss in the rosemary and stir for 1 minute.

Step 8

Add in the beans and the can of tomatoes (including the liquid in the can).

Step 9

Add in the water and stir, reducing the heat to medium.

Step 10

Simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring often. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Step 11

Serve hot in medium-sized bowls and top with your favorite toppings!

Explore More Favorites