Easy Chili Recipe

We love having friends over for dinner at Heardmont, and chili is one of our favorite things to cook for large groups of people, no matter the time of year.  Stephen and I like to stick to simple recipes at dinner parties so we can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with our guests.  Our chili recipe is the definition of simple, and I love that you can easily add or remove ingredients from this recipe and make a pot of chili to serve two or twenty.

You will need:

1/2-1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
1/2 white onion, diced
2 cans chili beans
2 cans Rotel (mild, spicy, or Chili Fixins style)
1 can diced tomatos
1 can tomato sauce
Chili powder

1. Cook the ground beef or turkey on the stovetop until no longer pink.  Add a dash of salt and a few tablespoons of chili powder.  Drain the meat if necessary.


2. As the meat is cooking, place the diced white onion in your chili pot and let it cook for a few minutes until the onion is brown on the edges.


3. Add the meat to the chili pot and mix together with the onion.

Beef and onion

4. Here’s what makes this chili so easy!  Open all your canned ingredients and add them to the pot.  If the chili is too thick after the addition of the tomato sauce, you can always add a can of water to it as well.

Cans in chili

Adding beans and rotel

5. Mix all the ingredients together and then add chili powder to taste.

Ingredients added

We like our chili spicy, so we use a LOT of chili powder!

Chili powder

6. Let the chili simmer on the stovetop for a few minutes, or as long as you can stand to wait for it.


7. Serve and enjoy!

Easy chili

This is such an easy recipe to whip up on a busy evening or for a large group of people, and it’s virtually impossible to mess up.  Feel free to make it your own by adding corn, other bean varieties, or different herbs and spices.  Replacing the meat with other veggies would turn this recipe into a vegetarian chili in no time!

Do you have a favorite chili ingredient or recipe?  How about a favorite dinner party recipe that lets you enjoy the party and escape the kitchen?  We’d love to hear your tips!

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8 Responses to Easy Chili Recipe

  1. Casey says:

    mmmm I love Stephen’s chili. I’m going to steal your receipe and use it as my own, suckas!

  2. Comeca says:

    Looks great you are correct it looks so simple!Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jenny B. says:

    I think I can smell it through the screen. My mouth is watering! 🙂

  4. Kristin says:

    I tweaked this recipe ever so slightly by adding a few additional herbs and it was absolutely FANTASTIC! You pretty much had me at the Rotel. 🙂 Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  5. savannah says:

    Amazing!!! I made it for my boyfriend and he loved it:)

  6. Rachel says:

    Found on pinterest…made it tonight. Absolutely delicious, my husband loved it! I used one can of mild Rotel and one can of Chili Fixins Rotel. I was unsure if I was supposed to drain the diced tomatoes and the chili beans, so I drained them just a bit. I let it cook down and simmer for about an hour. I topped it with a “fiesta blend” of cheeses- colby & monterrey jack, and ate it with Fritos scoops and it was delicious. May try it with a dallop of sour cream next time too. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Krystal McCuan says:

    Thanks so much for an easy chili recipe. I added my own special touches, minced garlic in with the beef. I also added additional spices such as paprika, oregano. I wasn’t sure if I was suppose to drain any of it, so I drained it a bit. All and all my boyfriend loved it, said it was up there in chili’s he tried.

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