How To Make Chili Step-by StepMaking chili is essentially about slowly developing and balancing out complex flavors. Add Broth and SimmerReturn the meat to the pot and add the broth. If you're using tougher cuts of meat, let the meat simmer for at least an hour in the seasoned broth. More Ways to Make ChiliChoose Your MeatsChili does best with economical cuts of meat -- that's one of chili's best features. Choose Your BeansKidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, white beans (great northern and navy) -- they're all worthy contenders.