Pioneer Woman’s Chili

We’ve been eating a lot of chili around here lately. It’s easy to make a big pot full of it and then eat on it all week. And when I’m in the midst of busy season with photography – cooking one time and eating all week is a winner. We have our favorite chili recipe which I’ve shared with you guys before, but to change it up a bit we also tried the Pioneer Woman’s chili recipe. Because she is awesome and her recipes are the bomb dot com.

pioneer woman chili

Pioneer Woman’s Chili


2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp chili powder
2 lbs ground beef
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup masa (corn flour)
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans
1 (13 oz) can Rotel
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced (optional)


1. Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook the beef until brown. Drain excess fat. Pour in the tomato sauce. Followed by the spices and the salt. Stir together well, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add in 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

2. After an hour, place the masa in a small bowl.  Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well. Taste, adjust the seasonings, and add more masa paste and/or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or to add more corn flavor.

3. Add the beans and tomatoes (and jalapeño if desired).  Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with cheese and fritos if desired.

The chili was delicious as per normal for the Pioneer Woman. Buuuut (yes there is a but), in our opinions: it’s not as good as our normal chili recipe. I know, I know, I speak blasphemy and such. But trust me, as good as her recipe is (and it IS!), we still like ours better. Which feels strange to say because normally the PW’s recipes are the best. I mean, let’s all take a moment to remember the ribeye steaks with whiskey cream sauce. Ah-mazing. This chili, however, is just “good”. Not super amazing or the best ever. And that’s okay. And also entirely possibly a preference thing. But it definitely was still good to try a different recipe!

Do you have a recipe of your own that you like better than the one most people swear by?

Love Rach


14 responses to “Pioneer Woman’s Chili

  1. thehipandthrifty

    I LOVE Pioneer Woman! Her book is as awesome as her cookbooks! I use her chocolate brownie topping to jazz up ice cream on a special occasion. 🙂

  2. That looks SO GOOD!! Pioneer women recipes are always delish, I haven’t tried this one yet though! I might skip this one and just try yours haha 🙂

  3. mmmm that looks delicious! Pioneer Women everything is always pretty good. I’m glad you linked your recipe, though! I will have to try both to see what we like the best!

  4. I actually watched the Pioneer Woman on TV the other night for the first time! All of her food looks awesome, though my appetite is hit or miss lately. 😩

  5. Chilli is just the ultimate comfort food, isn’t it! We add some chocolate and cinnamon to ours too 🙂

  6. The Pioneer Woman is so good. She just has the best recipes that are so doable in the normal kitchen!

    This chili looks cozy!

  7. mmm this looks delish. perfect for colder weather.

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