The Pioneer Woman Chili

This hearty chili recipe from The Pioneer Woman has a perfect blend of seasonings, ground beef, and beans. It’s Stove Top, Crock Pot, and Instant Pot friendly and will quickly become your best chili recipe!

Be sure to serve this with a side of Corn Casserole from Paula Deen!

A wooden spoon scooping up chili from a cooking pot.

Pioneer Woman Chili Ingredients

  • Ground Beef- 80% lean is good for chili
  • Garlic- Use fresh garlic cloves and mince them yourself for best flavor.
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Masa Harina- This helps to thicken the chili and adds a hint of corn flavor.
  • Kidney Beans
  • Pinto Beans

Common chili ingredients you may choose to add:

  • Diced Yellow Onion
  • Bell Peppers
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Peppers

For Serving:

  • Freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Lime Wedges
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips or Fritos
  • Diced Avocado

Close up view of a wooden spoon scooping chili out of a pot with melted cheese on top.

How to Make The Pioneer Woman’s Chili Recipe

The recipe card at the bottom of this post contains exact ingredient quantities and instructions as well.

Stove Top

Cook ground beef in a large pot, drain excess grease.

Add garlic, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally.

Combine the masa harina with the water, then add it to the chili.

Add the beans. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Add serving garnishes of choice and serve!

Crock Pot

Cook ground beef in a large pot, (or stove top safe Crock Pot). Drain excess grease.

Add garlic, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Simmer for 1 hour.

Combine the masa harina with the water, then add it to the chili.

Add the beans. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Add serving garnishes of choice and serve!

Instant Pot

Se the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Cook and crumble the ground beef until browned. Drain excess grease.

Add the garlic, tomato sauce, and seasonings.

Combine the masa harina with the water, then add it to the chili.

Add the beans.

Close lid and cook for 20 minutes on chili/beans setting.

Release the pressure, stir, and serve.


👉 Tip: Add more masa and water as needed until desired consistency is obtained for any of the above cooking methods.

Ground beef before and after being seasoned with chili seasoning.

Pinto beans in a soup pot before and after bring mixed into a pot of chili.

Masa Harina Substitute

  • Flour or cornmeal may be used to achieve a similar texture for the chili, but the flavor won’t be quite the same.
  • Cornstarch (mixed with equal parts water), can also but used to thicken the chili as well.

Can You Freeze Leftover Chili?

Yes. Chili is a great recipe to make in bulk and freeze for future meals.

You can thaw and reheat it in the microwave, or thaw it in the microwave and reheat on the stove top.

Storage

This chili should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Servings: 6
The Pioneer Woman Chili
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Crock Pot Chili Recipe, Easy Chili Recipe, Pioneer Woman Chili

This hearty chili recipe from The Pioneer Woman has a perfect blend of seasonings, ground beef, and beans. Make it on the Stove Top or in the Crock Pot, it will quickly become your best chili recipe!

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. ground beef 80% lean
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 8 oz. 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 white or yellow
  • 15 oz. kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. pinto beans drained and rinsed
Garnish Options
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Lime Wedges
  • Sour Cream
  • Tortilla Chips or Fritos
  • Diced Green Onions
Instructions
Stove Top Method
  1. Cook and crumble the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat until browned.
  2. Drain excess grease.
  3. Add the garlic and tomato sauce, cook for 1 minute.

  4. Add seasonings: 2 TBS Chili Powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper.
  5. Stir to combine. Decrease heat to low.
  6. Cover and let simmer for 1 hours over, stirring occasionally.
  7. Note: If the meat seems too dry after an hour, add water ½ cup of water.
  8. Combine the masa harina with ½ cup water in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Add to the chili.
  9. Add more masa and/or water until preferred consistency is obtained.
  10. Add the drained and rinsed beans. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Serve with desired garnishes and enjoy!
Crock Pot Method
  1. Cook and crumble the ground beef in a large pot (or stove-top safe crock pot) over medium heat until browned.

  2. Drain excess grease.
  3. Add the garlic and tomato sauce, cook for an additional minute.

  4. Add seasonings: 2 TBS Chili Powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper.
  5. Stir to combine. Transfer to the Crock Pot.
  6. Combine the masa harina with ½ cup water in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  7. Stir in the masa mixture into the Crock Pot. Add the beans and stir gently to combine.

  8. Heat on low for 4 hours, or all day!
  9. At any point you can add more masa and/or water until preferred consistency is obtained.
Instant Pot Method
  1. Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Cook and crumble the ground beef until browned. Drain excess grease.

  2. Add the garlic and tomato sauce, cook for an additional minute.

  3. Add seasonings: 2 TBS Chili Powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper.

  4. Combine the masa harina with ½ cup water in a small bowl. Stir to combine.

  5. Add the masa mixture and the kidney/pinto beans to the Crock Pot and stir gently to combine.

  6. Optional: Add additional water and/or masa mixture to achieve preferred consistency.

  7. Close the lid and ensure the pressure valve is shut. Set the Instant Pot to the Chili/Beans setting and heat for 20 minutes.

  8. Flip the quick release valve or let the steam escape naturally. Serve with preferred garnishes!

Nutrition Information
Calories: 613, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 734mg, Potassium: 1198mg, Carbohydrates: 42g, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 40g, Vitamin A: 999%, Vitamin C: 4%, Calcium: 110%, Iron: 8%

Recipe Source: The Food Network