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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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5 Ingredient Chili |

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! ;)

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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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258 comments on “5-Ingredient Chili”

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

  2. So so good! But I wanted to make it vegetarian! I swapped out ground beef with a can of corn. And I only put two cans of tomatoes in. I wonder how many calories are in a serving.

  3. I am making this lovely, easy recipe again today because it turned out so darn good last time. I am a chili freak and when I get my cravings I have got to make some nice ground beef chili! This recipe turns out pretty tremendous flavor for the amount of ingredients and the ease of throwing it together. My hubs couldn’t believe how tasty this was with so few ingredients. I have done chili cook-offs at work with my much more complicated recipe but some days you just want a tasty bowl of chili that you haven’t slaved over for half a day. This fits the bill!!

  4. The chili was absolutely amazing and very yummy indeed…

  5. So easy and yummy! This is my new go to for chili, rather than taking hours with crockpot! I added a touch of garlic and pepper. So good, whole family loves! Thanks!

  6. Easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  7. What’s really great about this recipe is that you can add more seasoning, leave out the beans, add more tomato. etc.. You can customize it however you like.

  8. I made the 5 ingredient chili today and loved it! Very simple and fast!! Great flavor and the toppings made it pop! Thanks for sharing your recipes. =)

  9. made this chili its great but i can never get that nice red sauce that yours looks like in the pics

    • The red color comes from the Chili Powder he used. That’s the key!! Either make your own chili powder or find a really good one – which is difficult to do. I’m still testing different ones.

  10. I made this over a year ago. My wife keeps begging me to make it over and over. I gave her the Recipe, and she wouldn’t follow it. She tells people Im a great cook. I tell her, I’m a good recipe reader and follower. This is great, the only thing, after the first time making it, NOT a big fan of Cilantro. I just dont care for the taste. But everything else was Perfect. Thanks.

  11. This has become my go to chili recipe. Thank you for sharing. I sub Impossible ground “meat” for beef/turkey and it comes out great. And I cook the chili for about 30 min to get the best consistency/flavor. Also, I don’t drain the beans…I did that once and lost a layer of depth of flavor.

  12. OMG YOU FORGOT THE CUMIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. I make this chili all the time
    Easy weekday dinner for sure and so customizable to whatever you want

  14. This was a big hit with my family! I love how you could add or change it up to vary flavors but on its own it’s still delicious. We used black and pinto beans. Yum!

  15. Do I drain the beans and tomatoes from their cans before putting it in?

    • when i make chili i ALWAYS rinse the beans first. lors of uneeded sodium. can add salt later. just my suggestion

  16. i prefer stewed tomatoes in chili. that is ok? also i would add spices.

  17. Love this Chili 🌶️ my guys love it fast and easy and we have plenty for lunches

  18. The chili is simmering on the stove as I type. We restrict salt as much as possible and my hubby is not a fan of spicy food. I cut back on the chili powder (as I’m a good wife) and I used leftover chuck roast as it was on hand. Oh, and I used dark kidney and black beans :D

    The first taste was good and can’t wait to eat a bowl full. Thank you for providing an easy, tasty chili recipe.