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*
  • 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)
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • (optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, cilantro, etc.)


In a large stockpot, cook ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned, stirring frequently.  Drain the excess grease. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the onion is cooked and softened.

Serve warm with additional toppings if desired.


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

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

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Be sure to check out my other 5-ingredient soup recipes!

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  1. Sues — November 14, 2013 @ 6:09 am (#)

    I’m the same way with football! And all sports lately. I love baseball and the Red Sox, but cannot understand how people watch every single game! But this year? It was pretty awesome.

    This chili looks like the PERFECT Sunday afternoon dish… And easy enough to make that I can still kinda sorta pay attention to the game :)

  2. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — November 14, 2013 @ 6:45 am (#)

    When you’re from Philadelphia, it’s almost against the law to be a fair weather fan. However, football is probably the sport I pay least attention to so I feel you.

    Either way, this chili will be perfect now that the weather here is dipping down into sub-zero temps. A little cheese on top of this baby and I’m good to go!

  3. Tieghan — November 14, 2013 @ 7:25 am (#)

    Game day NEEDS chili. It is a must! This look so goo, Ali! I love the dark red color!

  4. Stephanie @ PlainChicken — November 14, 2013 @ 9:01 am (#)

    Looks delicious! I am really into soups and chili right now. Love eating them for dinner on these cold nights.

  5. Kelly Senyei — November 14, 2013 @ 9:57 am (#)

    Wow, wow, wow (and two more “wow’s”)! All of this recipes look so spectacular, and yet so simple. Can’t wait to try the chili!

  6. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — November 14, 2013 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    You are really ROCKING it with these 5-ingredient soup recipes :).

  7. Elizabeth @ Eating Local in the Lou — November 14, 2013 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    I am so excited about your Chiefs! Our team (the St. Louis Rams)…well, not the same record by any stretch of the imagination. I hope your team keeps rocking it and in the meantime, I will be trying out this easy chili!

  8. Krista — November 16, 2013 @ 10:02 pm (#)

    That is exactly, and I do mean right down to the tomatoes and chilis, how I make my chili. It is delicious! Great recipe :-)

  9. Raelyn Wilson — November 18, 2013 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    Your recipe looks amazingly easy and delicious, and I was just wondering if you think I could throw this in the slow cooker and cook it on low while I’m at work for the day?

  10. Nutmeg Nanny — November 26, 2013 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    Man, this looks fantastic!! My husband and I love chili :)

  11. Kelly Marie — March 6, 2014 @ 8:58 am (#)

    I just made this recipe last night and my husband and I loved it. So delicious thanks for sharing :) Look forward to trying more of your recipes.

  12. Katie — April 23, 2014 @ 11:32 am (#)

    What type of chili powder (what brand) did you use? I feel like since it’s the most important ingredient, I want to make sure I use a good one! Thanks for the easy recipe!

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 4:21 pm (#)

      I like Spice Island, which was rated best chili powder by Cooks Illustrated. :)

  13. Char Henwdricks — June 22, 2014 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    I love your Chilli Recipe. I made it for my husband and I for something quick and was pleasantly surprised at how simple and delicious it was. I am looking forward to trying your other 5 ingredient recipes. Keep up the good work.

  14. aprilmichelle — October 14, 2014 @ 11:43 am (#)

    yumm can’t wait to make the 5 ingredient white chicken chili tonight.  gonna definitely add the avocados & cilantro on top (:

  15. TOP - 99999 Wonderful Quotes — October 14, 2014 @ 7:47 pm (#)

    They are my favorite I’m making them for my boyfriend’s birthday party cause he loves them too :)

  16. Jamey — October 15, 2014 @ 12:45 pm (#)


  17. Heather — November 1, 2014 @ 4:36 pm (#)

    All I can say is…thanks! I didn’t manage to snap a photo of the chili I made due to the crazy-ness of Halloween yesterday, but this recipe sure saved me a lot of time, fed everyone (I doubled the recipe) and it was a big hit! I made a couple changes though because I (stupidly) didn’t read your recipe closely enough before I went to the store. I replaced the chili powder w/ red pepper flakes, and added 2 tblsp beef bouillon.

    Thank you! (I really like your blog)

  18. Michelle — November 6, 2014 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    Do you drain the fat from the meat?

    • Ali — November 9, 2014 @ 8:57 pm (#)

      Good question. Up to you, but I definitely would to cut down on grease.

  19. Sydney — November 18, 2014 @ 12:07 am (#)

    Made this recipe with chickpeas, 5 fresh tomatoes, cause that’s what i had. Accidentally forgot to drain the canned beans, but I seasoned the beef with a tablespoon of cajun seasoning, so still tasted good. Thanks for this! ! 

  20. Lisa — January 3, 2015 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    First time making chili, I made your 5-ingredient one. I’m not a chili fan, but I absolutely love it! So easy to make! Gave some to my neighbor and she loved it. Tried it on my boss, and he said it was the best he ever had and since that was my first attempt at it, I should not do anything more to it. I’m now making a batch for my brother-in-law who loves chili but cannot eat it real spicy due having a recent bout of tonsil cancer (now cancer free)…this will be the perfect chili for him. Thank you for sharing it!

  21. Lisa — January 3, 2015 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    It’s me again. Help! Making a batch of your chili and I must’ve done something wrong…maybe put more chili powder in than the last time…it seems to be a bit more spicier than the last. I need to mild it down. What should I do?

  22. Beth — January 31, 2015 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    This chili is delicious. I’ve made it three time this month. I used ground turkey.   I might be addicted to this chili 

  23. Marsha — March 9, 2015 @ 6:09 pm (#)

    Very tasty broccoli.cheese soup.  However, wish it were thicker.  Help!

  24. debra — April 22, 2015 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    did this for dinner tonight I only put in a tea spoon of chili powder in and it was just enough for me. Thank you for sharing this recipe I look forward to trying more of your recipe .

    • Ali — May 1, 2015 @ 12:59 pm (#)

      Thanks Debra, I’m glad you liked it!

  25. Kristen — April 23, 2015 @ 8:51 pm (#)

    Just made this added some fritos and cheese on top and it was amazing. I have a 2 month old so this was a great simple recipe that was quick to make and filling to eat.

    • Ali — May 1, 2015 @ 12:51 pm (#)

      Fritos?! Now you’re talking! So glad you enjoyed it. : )

  26. Renee — August 1, 2015 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    This is pretty much my go to recipe for chili, I make it a couple times a month. Tonight we added zucchini and it was amazing!! I try to make enough so I can have some for the next day because it’s so good!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4, 2015 @ 6:17 pm (#)

      That’s awesome Renee, we’re so glad you love it! Good call on the zucchini too, we bet that’s a delicious addition!

  27. Pooja — September 29, 2015 @ 9:18 pm (#)

    Is there a substitute for the chili powder? I couldn’t find it in my local grocery store oddly enough! And I only found diced tomatoes without the green chillies! Any substitutes for them? It looks delicious and I can’t wait to try!

    • Ali — November 4, 2015 @ 4:27 pm (#)

      Oooh, there’s really not a great substitute for chili powder in this one. There are various other KINDS of chili powders you can use — ancho, chipotle, etc., but I’d say it’s worth it to track down a traditional chili powder (not cayenne). And feel free to use the diced tomatoes with green chiles, those will taste great!

  28. Chris K — October 2, 2015 @ 9:36 pm (#)

    Great recipe!  I just made it in the slow cooker.  Super easy and tasty.  I did add a little garlic powder and some red pepper flakes, and I lightly seasoned the ground beef while I browned it, but that mostly has to do with my personal taste.

    While delicious and simple, my chili didn’t really look like the chili in the photo.  I wish mine had that deep rust hue and thicker texture.  I literally just made it and had a bowl, so maybe if will develop that color as it sits a few more hours or overnight and melds together.

    • Ali — November 4, 2015 @ 4:49 pm (#)

      So glad you enjoyed the chili! Yes, different chili powders can yield different colors, as can other factors with cooking. Whatever the color though, I hope it still tasted great! :)

  29. Sherry Oursien — October 3, 2015 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    Could you make something like this with ground chicken?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 4, 2015 @ 9:43 pm (#)

      We haven’t tried that Sherry, but we suspect you could! :)

  30. Kristin — October 15, 2015 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    Do I need to add water to the chili?

    • Ali — November 4, 2015 @ 5:03 pm (#)

      Nope, you shouldn’t need to. Enjoy!

  31. Susie Peterson-LaLonde — October 18, 2015 @ 4:48 pm (#)

    Your chili recipe looks fantastic and so easy. Only thing for Me and my Family is we have to have more meat in our chili. I will certainly be making this though and using my crock pot. Thanks so much for this recipe and all of your others. I just discovered your site when looking for an easy recipe for Scalloped or Au gratin Potatoes and they are in the oven now. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 19, 2015 @ 8:09 am (#)

      Thanks for your sweet words Susie, we hope you enjoy it! And you can definitely add more meat if you like. : ) And we hope you like the potatoes as well! :D

  32. Mary Frances — October 21, 2015 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    My mouth is watering!! Just 5 ingredients? You are a genius!! Thank you sharing this :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 21, 2015 @ 9:53 pm (#)

      Thanks Mary, we hope you love it! :)

  33. Elle Kage — November 3, 2015 @ 9:39 pm (#)

    Hi, I made this recipe exactly as directed & it was delicious, except my beans remained hard. How do I fix this issue for next time?….I really enjoyed the flavor & simplicity. Help!

    Thanks in advance! Great recipe.

    P.S. yes, I used canned beans (1 pinto + 1 kidney).

    • Ali — November 4, 2015 @ 2:04 pm (#)

      Hmmmm, that’s odd, even the canned beans should be nice and soft right out of the can. Maybe they were past their expiration date or something? You might try the recipe again with a different brand of canned beans. Best wishes, and thanks for trying the recipe!

  34. Joyce — November 4, 2015 @ 5:07 am (#)

    This is the basis of my chili, too; I’ve been cooking since I was eight years old, when Mom was in the hospital, Dad was working full time, plus was building an addition onto the house, and my three little sibs needed attention. Dad asked me to help him by doing some of the cooking, and even though Mom got out of the hospital after just a couple days, she hated cooking so much, she let me take over the kitchen. One of my first recipes was chili–and I put in a heaping Tablespoon of chili powder, way overpowering it! Dad was a good sport–nobody else could eat it until Mom managed to doctor it a bit–but asked me to please, please, please, PLEASE go much lighter on the spices.

    Now my chili also includes cumin, as well as ketchup (it does some marvelous things in the traditional pot of beans and meat, as well as a meat combination of ground beef, ground buffalo and ground turkey. No football games, though–never have been a fan :-)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 4, 2015 @ 12:11 pm (#)

      Very cool Joyce, thanks for sharing your story with us – that’s pretty darn impressive that you were cooking at just eight years old!

  35. Sarah King — November 8, 2015 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    Thank You for this crazy-simple-&-delish recipe!  (The only thing I added was a bit of cumin.  :) ) I made this along with cornbread & all-beef hot dogs (because its football Sunday, of course!)  & my family loved it; my mother-in-law, who had cochlear implant surgery last week, said she had been craving that “something” lately & this absolutely hit the spot for her.  Thank you for being a blessing to her!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 8, 2015 @ 2:28 pm (#)

      You’re so welcome Sarah! We’re happy you and your family enjoyed this – we hope your mother-in-law gets well soon! <3

  36. Shido — November 11, 2015 @ 4:10 pm (#)

    I made this tonight for my house, and as I’ve never made chili before, I didn’t know tomato sauce was definitely a staple for the chili to thicken. Going to add it in and see how it goes, but it would definitely work to add this into your recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 11, 2015 @ 7:53 pm (#)

      We hope you enjoy the chili Shido! :)

  37. Daniel — November 27, 2015 @ 1:07 pm (#)

    I am very interested to make this simple chili recipe for my family, it looks really awesome.
    Could you please tell me what exactly this means? “3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes”
    Is it 3x can, each of them having 15 oz., or is it 15 oz. in total? It may be stupid question, but I have almost no experience with cooking so I have to ask you to make this clear for me.
    Thank you for the amazing recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29, 2015 @ 9:51 pm (#)

      Hi Daniel, you need three 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes. Not a stupid question at all! :) We hope you and your family enjoy the recipe!


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