5-Ingredient Chili

No one will ever guess that this easy chili recipe is made with just 5 ingredients. My friends thought it was the best chili recipe!!

5 Ingredient Chili | gimmesomeoven.com

I have to admit that I’m a bit of a fair weather football fan.

I know, it’s terrible.  I remember being so excited when I moved to Kansas City after college that I was finally going to be living in a city with a professional football team.  But after season…after season…after season of not much “winning”, I may have fallen off the map a bit.  As of a few months ago, I probably couldn’t have even told you the name of the quarterback.  Yeesh.

BUT.  The Chiefs are now 9-0, and for better or worse, I am back in the “game” and have tuned in every Sunday that I’ve been in town.  And they are rocking it!!!  The entire city is stoked.  And I love that it goes without saying now that everyone — even some of my other non-football-fan friends — has pre-booked all of their Sunday afternoons to watch the game together.  Pretty darn fun.

If you ask this food blogger, though, no game day is complete without a big pot of chili simmering in the background.  It’s like macaroni and cheese.  Peanut butter and jelly.  Peas and carrots.  Football and chili just go together.

So if you’re looking to whip up a delicious batch of chili in a snap, you have to try this fabulous five-ingredient easy chili recipe!

5 Ingredient Chili | gimmesomeoven.com

Yep, we’re still going with our week of 5-ingredient soup recipes on the blog.  And you can’t talk about soup without talking about chili!!!

Once again, I was a little doubtful whether a rich and delicious chili could actually be made with so few ingredients.  But when it comes down to it, the main seasoning you need for chili is true to its name sake — lots of chili powder.  When you add that to ground beef (or turkey), onion, tomatoes/chiles, and beans, you are good to go!

5 Ingredient Chili | gimmesomeoven.com

Plus, this easy chili recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes, and can also be frozen to enjoy for your next game day, or whenever the chili craving strikes.  My friends all voted it one of the best chili recipes they’d had — and had no idea it was made with so few ingredients.

Score!  ;)

5 Ingredient Chili | gimmesomeoven.com

5-Ingredient Easy Chili

No one will ever guess that this delicious chili was made with just 5 ingredients!


  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey*
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans beans, drained (black beans, kidney beans, a combo, or whatever you like)
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • (optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, cilantro, etc.)


  1. In a large stockpot, cook ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned, stirring frequently.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beef or turkey to a separate plate and set aside.  Reserve 1 tablespoon of grease in the stockpot, and discard the rest.
  2. Add the onion to the stockpot and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until soft.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and the cooked beef or turkey to the stockpot, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with optional toppings if desired.  Or, store in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

*If using ground turkey, you may need to heat a tablespoon of olive oil beforehand to help cook and brown the turkey, and then add an additional tablespoon of oil to cook the onion.

**You can also make this in the slow cooker.  You just need to brown your meat on the stove and drain it before adding the meat to your slow cooker.  Then slow cook the chili on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

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  1. Becki — October 8, 2016 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    For years, I’ve only ever made my husband’s favorite chili recipe, but I was in a hurry, and this looked delicious, and I always like your recipes. When I threw it together, it just didn’t look liquidy enough to me–not like it does in your pictures. Since my husband’s recipe calls for tomato juice, I threw in a little V-8 that I had on hand. That seemed to help it come together in the way I wanted it to. My husband said it didn’t smell “spicy enough” but the taste was spot on. Easy, healthy, and delicious. I’ll definitely be making it again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 8th, 2016 @ 9:47 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Becki — we’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed this!

  2. Devon — October 11, 2016 @ 11:18 am (#)

    Could I substitute tomatoe sauce for the tomatoes and chilis. Me and my husband dont like tomatoes or green chilies.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 12th, 2016 @ 2:32 pm

      Hi Devon! Yes, we think that would be fine. We hope you and your husband enjoy!

  3. Lily gerecke — October 11, 2016 @ 7:02 pm (#)

    my family loved it it was very good !!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 12th, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

      We’re glad to hear that, Lily! :)

  4. Jenny — October 17, 2016 @ 1:31 pm (#)

    I have been looking for a simple chili recipe for an upcoming Cub Scout overnight campout. My den of 11 third grade boys is in charge of cooking dinner and they decided on hot dogs and chili. This recipe looks perfect- not too many ingredients and not too spicy for the kids. You have stated that this recipe yields 4-6 servings. Approximately how large are those servings? Knowing that would make it easier to determine how many times I need to multiply the recipe to serve our large group (about 40 people total, split pretty evenly betwenn kids and adults). Thanks for the recipe and for any info you can give on serving size!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 9:02 am

      Hi Jenny! A serving is a good (standard-sized) soup bowl-full. To make sure you definitely have enough (especially since adults will probably eat more), we’d recommend doing 8x the recipe. We hope this helps and that everyone enjoys! :)

  5. Brad — October 22, 2016 @ 9:42 am (#)

    Finally, after scouring the web, here in lies an easy to follow, simple ingredient chili recipe without the extra fluff (e.g. cinnamon, chocolate, beer, nine different beans, etc). I really appreciate this “back to basics” recipe. Our temperatures are getting colder in in the Midwest and I have chili on my mind. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 26th, 2016 @ 1:28 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Brad — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  6. Kimberly — October 22, 2016 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    Not really a cooker but wanted to attempt to make chili. Thank you for this quick and easy recipe. Added a few ingredients to get the flavor I wanted and it was perfect. My 12 year old son and I had a blast making it. Thanks again for this recipe. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 26th, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Kimberly, and for giving this a try! We’re so glad you and your son had fun making it and that you enjoyed it! :)

  7. Ana — November 13, 2016 @ 6:44 pm (#)

    Let’s say I forgot to drain the cans of black beans before dumping in…any ideas anyone? haha!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 18th, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

      You should be fine — we hope you enjoy! :)

  8. Carmen — November 17, 2016 @ 7:17 pm (#)

    Well I had your recipe but I added bell pepper and more onions and more chili powder because my husband likes it spicy I put chili flakes he loved it thank you for the recipe I make chili pie Frito pie I’m used it for hot dogs😀

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 21st, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

      We think that sounds great, Carmen! :)

  9. CAROL — November 20, 2016 @ 7:43 am (#)

    Do you have to add any broth or liquid to this recipe?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 27th, 2016 @ 8:29 pm

      Hi Carol! No, you don’t drain the tomatoes, so there will be liquid from those. Also, since this is a chili instead of a soup, it’s not meant to be very liquidy. If you find you’d like it to be more liquidy though, you can definitely add a bit of stock or water to it. We hope you enjoy!

  10. Scott Wilson — November 22, 2016 @ 11:23 am (#)

    Being a guy that is from KCMO, i thank you for the recipe.. I moved to Las Vegas. I LOVE the Chiefs. Always will… Have a good one.
    Looking forward to us beating the Froncos on Sunday and Christmas…. and yes, i call the the froncos. lol

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 22nd, 2016 @ 10:43 pm

      You’re welcome, Scott — we hope you enjoy the chili!

  11. Amika — November 27, 2016 @ 2:38 pm (#)

    Really good, but couldn’t get enough juice, nor chili taste, has to add a chili pack.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 27th, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed it — definitely feel free to add a bit of stock or water, and more chili powder to it next time if you like!

  12. Jj Deleon — December 4, 2016 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    Very good and super easy!      Will make again soon!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 11th, 2016 @ 10:08 am

      We’re glad to hear you enjoyed this!

  13. Tn girl — December 4, 2016 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    Made this tonight for me and my husband and it’s very bland! I will not be recommending this receipt to anyone! 5 ingredients is a joke!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 11th, 2016 @ 10:00 am

      We’re sorry you didn’t care for it!

  14. Susan — December 8, 2016 @ 3:09 pm (#)

    FYI it’s great even with no meat. Used my fav veggie protein, and it was awesome! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 15th, 2016 @ 10:45 am

      Thanks for sharing, Susan — we’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Vonni — December 11, 2016 @ 1:09 pm (#)

    This is a good and simple recipe. However, I like my chili more thick (like the chili in the pics above). This chili did not come out like the one in the pics so I will probably be adding some flour to make it thicker.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 16th, 2016 @ 10:44 am

      We’re sorry this wasn’t quite what you were hoping for, Vonni!

  16. Charity — December 22, 2016 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    Definitely going to make this but think I will chili beans instead of ones mentioned for little more kick.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 27th, 2016 @ 10:00 am

      Awesome, we hope you enjoy it, Charity!

  17. ~Gayle~ — December 27, 2016 @ 7:34 pm (#)

    This is surprisingly delicious!!!  I added some green pepper and celery … and a little bit of water.  I cooked it in my crockpot on High for 3 hours. Excellent!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  18. DL — December 31, 2016 @ 9:54 pm (#)

    We were in the mood for chili, and I was short on time, so I put this in the crockpot one morning, and it was absolutely delicious!  I made a few variations because of the ingredients I had on hand.  I substituted a can of stewed tomatoes for one of the cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles, added a can of tomato soup and a can of tomato paste (to add a bit more body to the chili), and because I can never completely follow a recipe. I added a bit of cumin.  My husband found it “tasty”; that means he loved it.  We served it with Fritos. shredded cheese, and sour cream.  Perfect! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2017 @ 7:50 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, DL — we’re so happy it was a hit (and we like your additions)! :)

  19. Martika — January 4, 2017 @ 5:46 pm (#)

    I love LOVE this recipe! I’ve made this twice before for my husband and I and we both enjoy it very much! I just had to let you know after making it today for the third time that it’s one of my top favorites. I recently wrote a post about it on my site linking it back to this exact page. It was the perfect day to make this! Thanks for sharing this quick recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Martika — we’re so glad you guys enjoy it, and that’s so nice of you to link back from your blog! :)

  20. Angie — January 9, 2017 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing. I like trying new receipes. However for anyone scouring, have a back up plan. Like another reviewer said, the only liquid is in the tomatoes and it’s a watery liquid. The chili powder alone wasn’t ‘dimensional’ enough. Without garlic,  cumin etc it was both bland and too spicy. I can eat some spice, but even with the pared down amount of powder, ‘my kids didn’t like it. Thanks again for the new recipe, but I’ll go back to my old one. (Only 2 more ingredients and tastes better.) No meanness intended I promise. I enjoyed trying it. Just wish I’d had a back up. Ended up making grilled cheese. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2017 @ 9:38 pm

      Hi Angie! We appreciate your honest feedback and we’re sorry to hear you didn’t care for this one so much.

  21. Vperkins — January 10, 2017 @ 12:56 am (#)

    I made this chili for dinner tonight.  I did not drain any of the cans.  I used 2# of ground beef, 2 cans of the Rotel, 2 cans of kidney beans, 1 onion, and the chili powder you recommended.  After cooking, the taste was a little bland, so I added a little salt.   We topped the chili with cheese and sour cream.  My family loved it!  My children don’t like onions, but the chili was so good, they never detected the onions!  I’m planning  on making more this week!  Thanks for an easy recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 10th, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, we’re glad it was a hit with your family!

  22. Sierra Wells — January 19, 2017 @ 10:52 am (#)

    Hello Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven so I was wondering how did you get darkness in your chili and how do I get it to look exactly like yours in the picture above?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 19th, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

      Hi Sierra! It’s just the particular type of chili powder we used. Some are darker than others. We hope you enjoy!

  23. Sierra Wells — January 23, 2017 @ 10:21 am (#)

    With a little tweaking of the recipe was the best and we made it or own!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 23rd, 2017 @ 7:51 pm

      We’re glad to hear that! :)

  24. Momoffour — January 25, 2017 @ 7:44 am (#)

    I make this often…love it. If I don’t have the spicy tomatoes I use a bit of my own or a jarred pasta sauce instead and add some salsa and it comes out great!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 25th, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

      Thanks for sharing, we’re so glad you enjoy it!

  25. Eli — January 25, 2017 @ 5:26 pm (#)

    This Chili is AMAZING and not at all bland. Perhaps others thought it was dry because they cooked it on the stove but I cooked it in the crockpot on high for 4 hours and it came out perfect. The mixture of all the different flavors gave it a delicious flavor and had a generous amount of fluid. Thanks for this!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 25th, 2017 @ 6:16 pm

      Thank you, Eli — we’re so happy you enjoy it! :)

  26. Eli — January 25, 2017 @ 5:49 pm (#)

    I also used both kidney and black beans

  27. Darmuck — February 3, 2017 @ 8:23 pm (#)

    It’s great and easy! No need to brown the onions if in a hurry. Tonite I did though, and used ground sirloin. Can’t wait to dig in!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 5th, 2017 @ 9:02 pm

      We hope you enjoyed it! :)

  28. Maegen — February 6, 2017 @ 10:09 pm (#)

    Great recipe! I live in Northern Ontario. And used ground moose meat. Absolutely good. One thing I did do was add a cup of beer to it. It didn’t liquefy enough. Oh and red peppers and celery. ( moose meat is very lean and dry). Highly recommend this recipe. Thanks 😊😊😊

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 7th, 2017 @ 11:29 am

      Thanks, Maegen — we’re glad to hear you enjoy it! :)

  29. Jennifer — February 7, 2017 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    Do you have a calorie for X amount of Ounces for this?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 7th, 2017 @ 9:31 pm

      Hi Jennifer! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  30. Sarah — February 8, 2017 @ 8:14 pm (#)

    Hello! I’m a college student who loves to cook and is learning how to meal prep and I spend a lot of time looking for simple recipes that allow me to save money when it comes to grocery shopping. This was perfect! The taste was great, actually, I should say IS great as I sit here eating a bowl of it. When I first threw it together it didn’t look like enough liquid but after I let it simmer for a while it turned out to have a perfect consistency. I went for the ground turkey option and did 2 cans of regular diced tomatoes and one can of the kind you recommended because I’m a wimp when it comes to spice. The flavor was perfect. Thanks for an easy and tasty recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 9th, 2017 @ 3:14 pm

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for sharing with us and for giving the recipe a try — we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  31. Jerry — February 11, 2017 @ 4:16 pm (#)

    no one should criticize this recipe, it is the basic chili base. We make a lot of chili you have gave people the base and from which to work from, if they do not understand this recipe they have a lack of imagination or taste. you have done a great service,..from Fat Arnold ‘s. B B Q

  32. Iwona — February 28, 2017 @ 11:59 am (#)

    If i use chili beans with mild chili sauce should I still drain them ?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 28th, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

      We think you’re probably fine not to drain them in that case. We hope you enjoy!

  33. Cakens — March 2, 2017 @ 5:51 pm (#)

    I made this for a quick lunch today and it was amazing! I used ground turkey and found that I did not need to add any oil because the moisture from the meat was enough. I subbed the canned tomato+chile for cans of stewed tomato with green pepper and onion, and I added 1tsp each of paprika and cumin. I will definitely make this again. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 8th, 2017 @ 11:00 am

      Thanks for sharing, we’re so glad you enjoyed this!

  34. Jennifer — March 3, 2017 @ 11:21 am (#)

    Can this be done in a slow cooker??

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 8th, 2017 @ 10:55 am

      Hi Jennifer! Yes, it can, and we actually have a slow cooker chili recipe: We hope you enjoy!


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