The Best Lamb Chili Recipe is loaded with ground lamb, beans, peppers and a homemade chili seasoning. It is a heartwarming and crowd-pleasing dish that everybody will love.
Lamb Chili Recipe
This is seriously the best lamb chili recipe ever. This recipe is filling, it’s flavorful, and it’s absolutely delicious. Ready to meet your new favorite chili recipe? Let’s go!
Why You’ll Love It
- Amazing meal prep. Chili will give you healthy, tasty meals for days to come. A good batch of chili provides leftovers for days and days. This recipe, with the quantities we recommend, serves 4-6 and you can easily double it and freeze for later. You could also turn it to a nice chili mac and cheese recipe for the sake of variety.
- Healthy. This recipe is just so beautifully healthy, made with lean ground lamb, red kidney beans, and tons of veggies. That means it’s high in protein, fiber and vitamins. Best of all, we’re using a homemade chili seasoning so you don’t need to worry about any nasty additives (like too much sodium or preservatives) you might find in the store-bought kind.
- Made in no time at all. This chili can be on your plate in 60 minutes.
Lamb Chili Ingredients ( Notes)
There’s a big debate on the internet right now about whether chili should have beans or no beans. We’re firmly in the camp that says lamb chili should contain ground lamb, tomato paste, spices, and beans. Beans add so much fiber and protein to the dish that you really shouldn’t ignore them. Plus they taste great and add plenty of texture!
- Lamb : Of course, the real star of the show is the lamb. We love using 85-90 % fat because that little bit of fat is where you get most of the flavor for the dish. Any leaner, and you’ll sacrifice flavor and texture.
- Tomato Paste: Much of the taste of a classic chili recipe comes from the generous use of tomato products. We use only tomato paste for this recipe.
- Beans: While some people might prefer chili with no beans, it’s our absolute favorite way to have chili. We’ll be using kidney beans, to add texture and fiber to this great chili recipe. You can use other beans, too, like black beans, garbanzo beans, or cannellini beans.
- Chili Seasoning: Our not-so-secret weapon to really take this chili into the stratosphere is our homemade seasoning. Making your own chili seasoning is better tasting and better for you than buying anything from the store. You only need: chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, dried oregano, liquid smoke, salt and pepper.
How to Make Truly the BEST Lamb Chili
To really get the most out of your chili, we recommend a few tricks.
- Sauté your ground lamb until nicely browned.
- In the same pot, sauté onion and bell peppers until softened, about 6-7 minutes. Add the cilantro, garlic and jalapeño. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Then return the cooked lamb and add the rest of your ingredients, including chili seasoning, mixing together to combine.
- Bring the mix to boil, then reduce to low heat. Allow to simmer for at least 45 minutes. Leave it to simmer for longer if you want a deeper, more complex flavor.
Once upon a time, traditional chili was served without beans. We love beans, though, so we’re using them in this recipe.
To make your chili more flavorful, you should use more homemade chili seasoning. We recommend making your own spice mix so you can control the flavor. You can add more flavor with salt, heat (like hotter chiles) or a jar of salsa.
We love topping our chili with sour cream or Greek yogurt, cilantro, crumbled feta, lime wedges and mint.
Can I make this chili recipe in the Crockpot or Instant Pot instead?
Sure! You can easily make chili in the slow cooker or instant pot. Just adjust your timing accordingly.
Leftover Chili Ideas
If you have chili leftovers, we recommend:
- Chili baked potatoes
- Chili nachos
- Chili mac and cheese
Can I Freeze Lamb Chili?
Absolutely! This recipe is perfect for freezing. First, let your chili cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container. Remove as much air as possible. It will stay in the freezer for up to three months!
- Lamb chili will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- To reheat, you can return the chili to the pot, heating over medium heat until boiling.
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