Easy Chili Recipe

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Looking for an easy meal you can put on the table in under an hour? This easy chili recipe is inexpensive, quick and tastes good too.

I’ve been making this easy chili recipe since I got married over twenty-one years ago. It’s simple, has minimal ingredients and good for even picky eaters. My husband and now children don’t like a lot of chunky, onion type dishes. This chili leaves out all of the chunky bits and textures and still leaves you with a great tasting chili.

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Many chili recipes call for long cook times, but my quick easy chili is not only easy, but boasts a rich taste in way less time.

Why You Will Love This Easy Chili Recipe

You will love this chili because it is made with classic ingredients such as ground beef, beans, seasonings and diced tomatoes. It is also very fast to put together, easily doubles and is great for serving a crowd.

My favorite reason – it only takes 10 minutes to throw together and who doesn’t love a quick, tasty meal!

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Shopping List

  • Ground Beef
  • Can Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • Can Black Beans
  • Can Diced Tomatoes
  • Can Tomato Sauce
  • Spices – cumin, cayenne, garlic powder and chipotle chili powder
  • Toppings – cheese, sour cream, chips, etc.

How to Make this Easy Chili Recipe

This chili only takes 10 minutes to toss together, then just heat and serve. This chili is on the table in no time and all you need is one pot to make it. I like to use my Le Creuset Dutch Oven to make this entire dish.

  1. Brown the ground beef
  2. Add beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and seasoning
  3. Top with shredded cheddar, sour cream, green onions and serve with chips or cornbread

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Simple Spices for this Easy Chili Recipe

The mixture of seasonings is what makes this easy chili recipe so full of flavor. Garlic, touch of cayenne, chipotle chili powder, cumin and salt.

The star of the show when it comes to spices is the Cumin. Cumin makes this chili have so much flavor and gives it its rich color too. Blending cumin with the other spices makes it perfect.

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Note: Add in Cayenne pepper to taste. Cayenne goes a long way and just a little can make this chili too spicy for some. Omit altogether if you do not want any real spice; just flavor.

Serving Suggestions

I love this chili recipe and the flavor is great on its own, but adding in a few toppings makes a basic bowl of chili more like a full meal than just a bowl of “soup.”

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Diced Red Onions
  • Scallions
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Corn Chips
  • Cornbread Muffins
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Make Ahead

This easy chili is great to make ahead of time; either the same day or a day early. Go ahead and make it on the stove top and place it in the fridge. Warm it back up when ready to serve for a family meal or for easy entertaining.

If you make a double batch; this makes great leftovers for lunch or another dinner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make chili without meat?

Yes, of course. Skip the ground beef and add in another can or two of beans. By using beans instead of meat you have a vegan and vegetarian dish.

Can I make chili without beans?

Yes. Make this chili without beans. Add in a little extra meat if you like.

Does this chili recipe need any liquid?

I do not add any water or stock to my chili as we like a thicker consistency. You could add some water or chicken stock if you like your chili a little more like a soup consistency.

  • Use high quality grass fed beef
  • Do not drain the beef
  • This chili recipe is easy to double
  • Use petite diced tomatoes for a smaller tomato texture for kids or those who don’t like chunky veggies in their food

How to Store Chili

This chili is super easy to make and easy to store. Make a double batch and pack it up in individual containers for easy grab and go lunches.

  • Room Temperature – Careful not to leave this chili out for more than two hours at room temperature.
  • Refrigerate – refrigerate up to four days in an airtight container.
  • Freeze – Chili freezes well! Store chili in an airtight container leaving an inch of space at the top for expansion. Store in freezer for up to six months, de-thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
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Yield: 6 servings

Easy Chili Recipe

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Looking for an easy meal you can put on the table in under an hour? This easy chili recipe is inexpensive, quick and tastes good too.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans drained
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Cumin
  • Pinch of Cayenne (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tsps. Chipotle Chili Powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Brown ground beef in large pot or cast iron dutch oven - do not drain
  2. Add both cans of beans drained
  3. Add can of tomato sauce
  4. Add can of diced tomatoes
  5. Add spices carefully adding Cayenne
  6. Add salt to taste
  7. Allow to simmer for thirty minutes or until hot enough to serve
  8. Garnish with sour cream, cheese, scallions, and avacado slices. Serve with chips or cornbread


Adjust the spices how you see fit. You migth want more or less garlic or cumin, etc. Find the flavor that works for you.

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