Is Chili Soup Or Stew? ( What’s the Difference?)

If you were like me, you’d stewed for some time (pun intended). I was utterly convinced that chili was a type of soup. It didn’t take long before I realized that I was wrong and that this was a type of stew. There are many things to consider when deciding which is more appropriate for your recipe: ingredients, cooking methods, etc.

This post will discuss the differences between chili soup and stew and how different dishes can require both depending on the result desired.

Is Chili Soup Or Stew

What Is Chili Soup Or Stew?

Chili soup is usually a type of soup that is generally made with tomatoes and chili peppers, often including onions and garlic. This dish can be eaten as a main course or as a garnish for dishes like spaghetti. The most common ingredients in this dish are ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chili peppers, and spices such as cumin or oregano.

Chili has become a North American term for this dish over the past 150 years since Mexican immigrants first brought it to the United States. So technically speaking (and here’s the pun), “chili” refers to Indians’ meaning of “chili,” which is spicy hot!

What Is Chili Stew?

Chili stew is generally made with ground beef, tomatoes, and chilies. This dish can be eaten as a main course or as a garnish for dishes like spaghetti. The most common ingredients in this dish are ground beef, tomatoes, chilies, and spices such as cumin or oregano.

There are many different variations of the chili stew. Still, each has similar ingredients, such as pasta, potatoes, and toasted bread crumbs, on top of the casserole, making it look more appealing in texture and appearance.

How to make Chili Soup Or Stew?

Is Chili Soup Or Stew


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or another kind of cooking fat
  • 1 (28-ounce) can of tomatoes, whole or crushed by hand (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder or green chili pepper (or as much or as little as you like)


  • First, you need to brown the meat in the oil.
  • While this happens, wash and chop up the vegetables (onions and garlic). Add them to a pot with the olive oil and cook them until soft, about five minutes.
  • Please turn off the heat and add the chopped tomatoes to your pot, ensuring you get all of the juice out of them. Note that this was not canned tomatoes!
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Step 1. In a large pot, cook the meat, stirring until it is browned.  Next, add the chopped vegetables, cooking them with the meat until they are soft.

Step 2.  Add chopped tomatoes to your pot and cook until they are broken apart (this should take no more than three minutes).

Step 3. Next, add the chili powder and stir! As you stir up any remaining juices from your tomatoes, ensure you don’t burn them!

Step 4. Turn off the heat and top your stew with toasted bread crumbs seasoned with cumin.

Step 5. Turn on the heat! You can cook this for as little as two minutes on low or up to five minutes on medium, depending on how thick you want your soup.

Step 6. When the soup has reached your desired consistency, turn off the heat.

Step 7. Serve with tortilla chips on top! You may also put salt and pepper or crushed red peppers as a final step.

What’s the Difference Between Soup and Stew?

It is generally agreed that chili soup and stew are both types of soups, the first being based on the ingredients listed above and the second using tomato-based chili peppers and ground beef. However, there are a few more differences between these two dishes.


Ground beef to be cooked in a large soup pot (1 pound of meat. You may use more if you prefer a texture with more fat). Onion, garlic, and chili peppers (2 tablespoons each. Add as much or as little as you wish.) Tomatoes (1 (28-ounce) can of whole or crushed tomatoes).


Ground beef is to be cooked in a large soup pot. Onion, garlic, and chili peppers (2 tablespoons each. Add as much or as little as you wish). Tomato (1 (16-ounce) can of whole or crushed tomatoes).

Cooking Methods:

Soup:  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until thickened. Very few recipes seem to call for the additional step of being cooked, but it may be included depending on specific preferences.

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  • First, add ground beef to a pot, then let it brown.
  • While this is happening, wash and chop onions and garlic. Add these to your pot once the meat has browned with olive oil or other cooking fat.
  • Add in your tomatoes, then simmer and stir (if you need to) for 30 minutes or until it is thickened.

What food group is chili in?

It isn’t easy to give a specific answer to this question without knowing exactly what you are comparing it to. This is because the taste of a stew-like chili can be so diversely different from the taste of a soup that it is almost impossible to say they are both in the same food group.

Some people prefer their chili with ground beef or beef chunks, while others prefer ground beef and onions, with no tomatoes added (which would make it an onion stew).

Some people like their chili with spice, and some do not. Some like it all spicy hot, while others prefer something milder.

Some enjoy the additional crunch of toasted bread crumbs and tortilla chips, while others find this added step unnecessary and even a waste of time.

Despite these differences, chili is usually cooked in a soup form to make it easier to digest (especially for those who are ill).

Defines a chili soup:

A soup that is made with chili peppers and ground meat. Typically served over pasta, rice, or both and topped with shredded cheese and onions.

It is probably closest to a Northern Italian Ministro soup in flavor because of the tomatoes, spices, pasta, and cheese combined with the chili pepper.

Out of all the types of chili peppers you can choose from, jalapeño is the most popular.

Recipe Tips:

It is important to note that when we care for our bodies, we must know when food or drink does not agree with us. Sometimes these symptoms can take some time to appear, but one can always observe specific changes in her body, such as an increase in stomach upset, heartburn, and even acid reflux.


A popular dish around the world with variations in ingredients, cooks, and even dieters. From the plains of the Texas-Mexico border to the steaming plate of a chile Relleno in a Mexican restaurant in town, chili peppers have been enjoyed everywhere.

While not everyone has the same taste for Chili, there is no denying that it is a food to enjoy!

I hope you will have the opportunity to try other great recipes offered here on this site.

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