5-Ingredient Chili

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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!

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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!

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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 Easy Chili

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: About 4-6 servings 1x


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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  7. 5 stars
    So easy and so tasty! Thank you for the recipe!

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  9. 5 stars
    Instead of the can of tomatoes, can you use something else? Like tomato paste or something? We HATE tomatoes. thank you!!

    • Because I’m allergic to tomatoes, I use two jars of roasted red peppers blended into puree and use it as a substitute, it’s delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    I JUST made this. With canned fire-roasted tomatoes. A small can of green chiles. A little left-over cooked chicken. Added cumin and chili powder. A little salt and pepper and garlic powder. Added a little cooked white rice (next time I’ll add macaroni, just for variation). And IT IS GREAT! And SO easy! LOVE THIS.

  11. 5 stars
    This is the only chili recipe I make. I gave the recipe to a colleague and her six year old daughter said it was “the best chili she has ever had”. It’s simple and proves you don’t need to simmer ingredients for hours to get a good taste. The clean up is quick and it’s hearty and yummy!

  12. 5 stars
    For such a fast chili with so little ingredients it was very good. I did use the diced tomatoes marked ” chili ready” instead because a child was being served also. To save more time, I used frozen chopped onion with green and red peppers already in it. Will be making this a lot.

  13. So excited to make this!

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  16. 5 stars
    Super easy, extra tasty, a winner in our house!

  17. 5 stars
    My go-to chili recipe…so simple & delicious!

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  19. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I made the chili with ground chicken and added cumin and smoked paprika as well. The chili tasted delicious. I ended up making chili nachos 😋

  20. 5 stars
    I’ve made this five ingredient chili with ground beef, shredded chicken breast, leftover steak and each time it just gets better and better and better my whole family loves it!

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  22. 5 stars
    Tried this chilli, and loved it!

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  24. 5 stars
    Great! Added spaghetti sauce. Elbow noodles, jar chilli sauce, 2lbs ground beef, 2 cans black beans, 1 can kidney, 4 garlic cloves chopped. Colby,asiago shredded on top. Served with garlic bread. Delicious!!

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  28. 5 stars
    Delicious chili and very inexpensive! Easy peasy to make too!

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  30. Hi. I’m new to cooking since I’m in college and all. Can you freezer the chili after you cook it or does it have to be stuck in the fridge until you eat it all?

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  32. Great idea, but when I slow cook it, should I cook the onion with ground beef before I throw it in my slow cooker?

  33. 5 stars
    The recipe was easy to follow and the chili was very hearty, especially if you consider the fact that there were so few ingredients. It definitely was a success.

    • Did you use chili powder or a flavored chili powder packet? Since it doesn’t call for many ingredients like herbs I was curious which I should try. Thank you!!

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  35. It was a hit! I didn’t think it had enough liquid so I added a can of tomato sauce and a can of tomato soup and it was delicious.

  36. YUMMY!!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ve heard about your blog a couple of times and will now spend my afternoon reading :)
    rose martine

  37. Really good but I added a cup of water and cooked on low for 45 mins after boiling.

  38. So I followed the recipe but added my own twist to it. I added a good probably teaspoon of smoked paprika. Added salt and pepper to taste, a few shakes of garlic salt, and a bacon chipotle seasoning (made by McCormick). Also if you wanna add some heat, use one can of the hot version of the tomatoes/peppers instead of the original. Be warned it has a kick!! I also let it simmer 3 hours. Not necessary but just had time to sit back and let it cook down so the veggies weren’t so chunky. Delicious!! Will save and do again

  39. Made this tonight during the quarantine. So good! Loaded baked potatoes with it!

  40. Hi! Do you rinse your beans?

  41. I don’t have diced tomato can I just use tomato sauce only? Thxs

  42. Really good- had to simmer a bit longer to get flavor, but love the simplicity and it was quick and tasty.