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Quick and Easy Chili

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 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


  • 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 six 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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  • Debglass11
    May 12, 2020

    I needed a quick chili recipe to top hot dogs and found this, and am so glad I did! I omitted the beans (personal preference) and added an extra can of stewed tomatoes. I also threw in some minced garlic along with the onion. This was super easy to put together and was a great topping for our hot dogs. Going to keep this recipe handy!

  • LW
    Dec 27, 2019

    My family loves this recipe! I can’t always get Mexican stewed tomatoes, so if that happens, I used original stewed and add smoked paprika, oregano, and extra chili powder. It’s perfect for our family of four with just enough left over for one lunch the next day. I’ve made this at least five times now, so it’s officially my go-to chili recipe.

  • CookingUSA
    Aug 21, 2013

    This was a great recipe to make, since I was in a hurry. However, the raving reviews at the dinner table made it all the more special. My dad protested that traditional chili does not contain corn, but he had to admit he liked the recipe. Doubling the recipe made a perfect amount to feed only eight (yes, we have hearty appetites). The recipe does not call for salt or pepper, but I added 3 teaspoons (remember that would be 1.5 teaspoons for one times the recipe) and 1 teaspoon of pepper (equivalent to ½ teaspoon). I put in 3 teaspoons of chili powder and it was still not too spicy for the younger people. Served with a lot of cheddar cheese and hot sauce for those who like a little more kick, this dish is fantastic; I will make it many more times in the future!

  • lazy gourmet
    Dec 31, 2010

    I forgot to add that I toss it all in the crockpot in the morning. Plus, it freezes well too for a great make-ahead option.

  • lazy gourmet
    Dec 31, 2010

    I made this chili for my daughter's b-day party because I knew I would be busy, and it got rave reviews. I beef it up a little by adding more ground beef, and a can of black beans and/or kidney beans. If you're really pressed for time, buy the pre-chopped onions and peppers at the grocery store -- it doesn't get any easier than that!

  • stacy80
    Mar 18, 2010

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