Best recipe ALERT: Quick and Easy Chili is one of my all time favorite recipes because it tastes amazing and is incredibly easy to make with just 3 ingredients. It's like a magic trick and if you serve it at a party, everyone will ask you for the recipe. Guaranteed!
Why I Love This Recipe
Cooler weather makes you crave something warm and cozy to eat. There's nothing better than a hot bowl of chili! This recipe has been my go-to chili recipe for as long as I've been married (almost 15 years). I love it when a recipe is not only tasty but also super simple to make!
Quick and Easy Chili is an awesome meal that you can throw together in 30 minutes or less! It's seriously as easy as 1-2-3! Just 3 ingredients, 30 minutes and dinner is served!
All you need to make this recipe is ground meat, salsa and chili beans. That's it! Garnishes are optional.
How to Make Quick and Easy Chili
- Brown the ground meat, then drain, if desired.
- Add two jars of chunky salsa (you choose the level of heat - mild, medium or hot).
- Then add one large can of chili beans or two regular sized cans. Stir.
- Heat until boiling, then turn down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
See step by step photos below...
Start by browning the ground meat. I used organic, grass-fed beef. You could also use ground turkey or ground chicken.
Whether or not you want to drain the meat is up to you. I didn't drain mine because I used lean beef that didn't have a lot of fat.
Next, add two jars of chunky salsa and one big can of chili beans (not drained). Stir it all together then heat until boiling. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. It's ready to serve and garnish, if desired.
I added a dollop of sour cream and grated cheddar to mine.
Need chili for a party?
Double this recipe and put in a crockpot to keep it warm at your next Fall party!
Quick and Easy Chili is my favorite chili recipe and I think it just might be your favorite too in the very near future. Enjoy!
Tools for success
Le Creuset 6.75 Quart Dutch Oven - this is the one I used to make my chili
Wooden Spoon - Italian Olive Wood
Oven Mitts 1 Pair of Quilted Cotton Lining - Heat Resistant Kitchen Gloves
Pretty Chili Bowls – Set of 6 Porcelain Bowls for Soup, Salad, Rice, or Pasta, 6.25 Inch Diameter, 23 Fluid Ounce (2.75 Cup)
Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker | Stainless Steel
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Quick and Easy Chili
For the chili
- 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey (I used organic, grass fed beef
- 2 jars mild and chunky salsa (I used organic) I used two 16 oz. jars
- 1 can chili beans in mild sauce, NOT drained 27 ounces
- salt and pepper to taste I didn't use any
For the garnish
- ½ cup Grated cheddar cheese
- ½ cup Sour cream
- In a large saucepan, brown the meat. Add salsa and chili beans. Stir to combine. Let mixture come to a low boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
- Note: I did not drain the ground beef after I browned it because it was lean and there wasn't a lot of fat. It is up to you if you want to drain the meat or not.
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I'm in love with how simple this is! We love chili in our family and I can't wait to give this recipe a try!
Mom Loves Baking says
Thanks, Renee! I hope you like it as much as I do!
This a great quick recipe for last minute gatherings. You can't go wrong with serving chili!