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.

*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.

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

Leave a Comment:


  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!


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