This easy chili recipe is perfect to make on busy days!

It is loaded with juicy seasoned ground beef and beans simmered in a rich tomato sauce.

Customize it any way you want and it will always turn out perfect!

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Simple Easy Chili Recipe

  • Every home cook needs a ‘foundation’ chili recipe that’s fast and easy to make for last-minute meals and crowd-pleasing potlucks!
  • Versatile! This quick chili can be ready in 20 minutes or simmered low and slow for hours and the flavor will just get better.
  • Customize chili by adding or removing whatever suits your palate or use up leftover veggies and cheese to save some budget dollars!
Ingredients to make super simple chili labeled: water, bell pepper, ground beef, kidney beans, tomato soup, garlic, spices, diced tomatoes, and an onion.

Ingredients & Variations

Beef – Ground beef, turkey, chicken, or pork can be used, or a combination of any. Use half the amount and add more beans for a less meaty chili.

Beans – Kidney beans are the best choice for chili because they stay firm, but you can use any canned beans as long as they are drained and rinsed first.

Base – A can of tomato soup and a can of Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles) give this recipe its thick and rich base. Add extra soup or tomatoes, or omit both, and use a large can of diced tomatoes with juice.

Toppings – Sour cream, salsa, diced onions, shredded cheese, sliced black olives, and jalapenos or green chiles.

How to Make Homemade Chili

  1. Cook ground beef with onions, bell pepper, and garlic (as per the recipe below).
  2. Add remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer until heated through.

Tips & Tricks

  • Kick up the heat a little with some homemade chili powder or a few dashes of chili sauce.
  • Sweeten chili by stirring in some brown sugar or maple syrup.
  • For an extra thick chili (great for sloppy joes!), let it simmer on the stovetop until thickened as desired. Or mix 2 tablespoons of cold water with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and stir it in.
  • For a thinner, soup-like chili, simply add a little water or another can of tomato soup.
A bowl of chili

What to Serve with Chili

Chili needs something to scoop and dip and there are so many ideas for what to serve with chili! Homemade bread and a simple green salad with a side of crispy sweet potato fries is the perfect way to round out this meal.

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Easy Chili Recipe

This easy chili recipe is the perfect dish for those hectic weekday nights or a chilly day!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author I Don’t Have Time For That


large pot


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 15.5 ounces kidney beans 1 can, drained
  • 10.75 ounces condensed tomato soup 1 can
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies 1 can
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin


  • In a large pot over medium heat, brown ground meat with minced onion, bell pepper, and garlic until meat is browned and onions are tender.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes.


Leftover chili will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, and in the freezer for 4 months. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2323mg | Potassium: 1257mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1424IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 10mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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