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Super Easy Chili Recipe

Updated on August 13, 2015

Quick and Easy Delicious Basic Chili Recipe

Looking for an Easy Chili Recipe? This is my go-to recipe for quick easy chili. I like to eat it in my favorite Tabasco chili mug, but no - it's not hot (unless you want to make it that way). It's just good, flavorful, easy and quick.The best thing about this recipe is it's full proof! You can't mess it up AND you can tweak it in many ways by adding more of this or that til it's perfect for you. The exact recipe shown here is just how I like it.

I cook this for my husband on Sundays so he can munch on it all day while he watches football. Eat it plain or add cheese, sour cream or one of our favorites, broken up tortilla chips.

Quick and Easy Chili Recipe
Quick and Easy Chili Recipe


Simple Stuff

1.25 lbs of ground beef

1 medium/large onion chopped

Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder (good sprinkle of each)

3 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

2 cans (15 ounces each) dark red kidney beans (or light red, or chili beans, or pinto beans)

1/2 tsp salt

Chili powder (at least 1 tsp, if you like spicier chili add 1 tbsp.)

Optional add-ons:

Shredded cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, broken tortilla chips

Here's how I like mine:

Easy Chili Cooking
Easy Chili Cooking

Directions for Easy Chili

2 steps: brown beef and cook altogether

Add ground beef and onions to skillet, season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and brown til done. Drain fat then add meat/onion mixture to stock pot (6 qt or larger). Add remaining ingredients (all 6 cans, chili powder and salt) to stock pot and bring to a boil stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer.

You can dip out a bowl as soon as everything simmers down. But the longer you let it simmer, the better the flavors will be.

*You can also cook this in a crock pot. Follow these directions, but after browning the beef, put everything into a crock pot vs. a stock pot and let it cook on low for hours and hours.

Make it your own: In this picture you can get an idea of the proportions of ingredients. If it's not enough beans for you - then add one more can. If there's not enough tomato sauce - add more!

This Set of Chili Mugs is similar to mine - I LOVE my set

TABASCO Antique Label Soup Bowls - set of 4
TABASCO Antique Label Soup Bowls - set of 4

There's an antique label design on this set of 4 chili soup mugs.


A Couple of Chili Cookbooks - Lots more recipes in these

Do you have an Easy Chili recipe?

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      MyMastiffPuppies 2 years ago

      This looks so yummy! Can't wait to try it, I have been looking for a good receipe and I think I found it.

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      BODYLEVIVE 2 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I love chili and your recipe is very similar to my own. My friends and family enjoy chili when the weather is cold. That;s fine, I like it in any weather!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe as I have not made Chili soup in my life.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Yummy! Love your recipe minus the beef. (I'm a vegetarian.) Voted up and will share with others. Thanks.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      You gotta love a quick and easy recipe, and who doesn't love chili??? C'mon....thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Easy and quick chili! Gotta love that!

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      Sammy24 7 years ago

      Now i am in the mood for chilli. I know what I am making for super!

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      This sounds delicious! Chili is one of my favorite things to eat when cool weather hits.