Quick and Easy Chili

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This quick and easy chili recipe can be made in a flash and easily doubled or tripled to satisfy any famished family. You don't have to wait until the weekend to throw it together. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next 6 ingredients; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with cheese if desired.

Quick and Easy Chili Tips

What variations can you make to this easy chili recipe?

For this easy chili recipe, we recommend trading in different varieties of beans—or topping your bowl with fresh herbs. From adding in peanut butter to pouring in a shot of bourbon, there are plenty of other unique chili variations to check out for inspiration. If you prefer a heartier dish, we have tips for how to thicken chili, too.

Can you make this easy chili recipe vegetarian?

Yes, you can make this chili recipe vegetarian by leaving out the ground beef and replacing it with a meat substitute or by adding in different variations of beans like kidney and black beans. You won't even miss the meat! Check out our hearty vegetarian chili or our chunky vegetarian chili for more vegetarian chili ideas.

How long does chili last in the fridge?

This quick and easy chili recipe can last up to 3-4 days in the fridge. If you want to enjoy your chili for longer, you can freeze it for up to 2-3 months! Follow these soup, stew and chili freezer tips to get the best results. Hello, meal prep!

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 249 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 947mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 19g protein.

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