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Speedy Weeknight Chili

Super-easy and great-tasting, this chili makes a big batch of great party fare. I use my food processor to chop up the veggies and cut down on prep time. It’s also very tasty and lower in fat when made with ground turkey breast. —Cynthia Hudson, Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, cook the beef, onions and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 154 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Roysterathisfeet
    Jan 4, 2019

    Did taste kind of bland. I added added cumin, more chili and pepper. Oh, and I omitted the beer, lol. Tasted good to me! I will use this recipe again. Simple and easy! Thanks!

  • katlaydee3
    Feb 3, 2015

    This was a good, tomatoey chili. I served it with the Corn Squash Muffins from the same issue.

  • Ms Tric
    Oct 1, 2013

    I have made this for years in prep. For our annual pumpkin cut party.I agree when reheating.......use more beer.. It feeds many!

  • lorischlecht
    Jan 20, 2012

    This was really easy to make,and that's a plus. But I thought it was rather bland with a little too much tomato flavor. When I heated up the leftovers, it was even more bland. It's not bad or gross, just bland. If I were to make it again, I might just stir in a chili seasoning pack. It makes a lot, and it's filling for the amount of calories in a serving, also a plus.

  • Ashley_E_Goodman
    Feb 21, 2010

    Prepared the recipe almost as is...substituted 2 cans (16 ounces each) of diced tomatoes for the Crushed tomatoes as I didn't have the Crushed tomatoes on hand. I also omitted the green pepper and the hot pepper sauce as I prepared this for my children and I and they don't care for green peppers or spicy foods.

  • sabtbrownlee
    Jan 30, 2010

    This has been my favorite chili recipe for years now. I get requests for it all the time. I do add more garlic and usually a bit more salt at the end (after tasting). I also add a can or corn to the recipe. I agree with the other reviewer, the sour cream and cheese is a must do. For heating up the next day add more beer. The beer flavor of this chili makes it a winner every time!!!!

  • kalongde
    Jan 31, 2009

    I delieted the beer,garlic, oregano,stewed tomatoes and paste and pepper sauce and added a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and 1 small can of tomato sauce with 2 cups of water and let simmer down to desired consistency

  • joys9326
    Oct 11, 2008

    My husband requested chili tonight. I saw this recipe and decided it looked very easy to prepare, and the beer ingredient appealed to me. It seemed like a different twist to an old favorite. I never have really liked chili myself, but I must say that I really enjoyed this Chili. It was very very good! I eliminated the garlic since my husband and I do not like a lot of garlic, and I only used about a Tablespoon of the Chili powder. Also, the stewed tomatoes that I purchased had oregano and basil in them, so I eliminated the oregano also. I used BUD LIGHT with LIME as the beer ingredient. This Chili was fantastic! I think I am now a fan of chili. To make it extra good, please add shredded chedder cheese and a dollop of sour cream to the top!  Would highly recommend as this chili has fantastic flavor!!  Thanks Taste of Home!!