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Easy Chili Recipe

In this recipe, “easy” is the keyword. If you are a fan of one-pot meals, you’ll love making this easy chili recipe for the whole family. Once you brown the ground beef, all you have to do is add the rest of the ingredients, simmer it for about 30 to 45 minutes, and you’re done.

Easy Chili Recipe

This is a perfect meal to make ahead and freeze. It is great to have it already made for those days when you don’t have time to cook or bring something to a potluck dinner party.

It makes a great appetizer when served with chips or a fabulous dinner over white rice.

How Do You Make Good Homemade Chili?

  1. In a large Dutch oven or pot, over medium-high heat, cook the meat, onion, and garlic until no pink is left on the meat. Crumble the meat as you cook it.
  2. Add the drained kidney and pinto beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, green and yellow bell peppers, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper to the pot. Give everything a mix and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer for about an hour, stirring every 10 minutes. If you feel it is becoming too thick, add a bit of water.
Easy Chili Recipe

What To Serve with Chili?

Chili is great for serving over white rice, but you can also serve it over nachos with corn tortilla chips. I love to serve with a piece of Homesteader Cornbread on the side as well.

You can use it to make chili dogs (hotdogs with chili on top), as a topping for baked potatoes, as a filling for hard shell tacos served with shredded lettuce and cheddar, and topped with sour cream, or even over french fries if you want to make loaded fries.

Cooking Tips

  1. Keep an eye on your chili and stir it every 10-15 minutes to ensure it doesn’t need a little bit of water.
  2. If you are serving this to children, skip the cayenne pepper.
  3. Check the seasoning before serving it, and add more salt and pepper as needed.

Other one-pot meals I’m sure you would enjoy are the BEST One-Pot Chicken Stew, which is packed full of veggies, Hungarian Goulash Recipe, with its rich tomato-based broth, and Hamburger Macaroni Soup Recipe (Ready in 35 Mins!) that’s a hit with the kids all the time!

Easy Chili Recipe
Easy Chili Recipe

Easy Chili Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Chili is the perfect one-pot meal to feed a crowd or to freeze for a rainy day!


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1- 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1- 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
  • 1- 15 oz can pinto beans, drained
  • 1- 10 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained


  1. In a medium-sized Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat, cook meat, onion, and garlic until no pink is left in the meat
  2. Add all the other ingredients to the dutch oven. Mix everything together. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about an hour.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 24g

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Kristine S

Thursday 24th of November 2022

This is such an easy recipe! I used two cans of pinto beans, because it’s what I had. I used extra peppers, onions and diced tomatoes, according to my taste. I did get distracted when measuring the chili powder, but it tasted delicious, so I’m guessing I measured alright! My first time making chili and it tastes great!

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