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!

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!  ;)

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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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261 comments on “5-Ingredient Chili”

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  2. I love quick easy recipes and this one is a favorite of ours. Would you happen to know the caloric content per serving?


    • We’re so glad to hear that, Rose — thanks for sharing with us! 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!

  3. Cooked it today and the taste was a-a-maaa-zzz-ing!  Simple to prepare, added more chilli powder as I liked it spicier.  Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. Hi!

    This recipe has become a favorite and dinner rotation at the house. However, I’ve been wanting to make it for weeks now and my supermarket just don’t sell these anymore :(. I do see that they have diced tomatoes with chipotle chilies instead… would that make a huge different, can I use them?


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  7. This was a simple tasty recipe! The chili was fantastic, although a bit on the spicy side (might have been the chili powder I used). I had a left over cooked corn on the cob that I had made the night before. I cut the kernels off the cob and ladled the chili over them, that was really good. I’ll probably stir some frozen corn into my left overs. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Jessica, we’re so glad you enjoyed it, and we bet it was so yummy with that corn! :)

  8. We love this recipe. Only thing is we dont love onions so we substitute onions or onion powder. Loll couple table spoons later BAM! Yum infront of you without slaving away.

    Rating: 5
  9. This recipe was very easy to make and I’m so happy cause it came out just right for the first of making it.?

  10. Just made this and my extremely picky eater of a husband just devoured three helpings! With a 5 month old to take care of I’m always looking for easy quick dinners. Thank you, this is definitely a winner!

    Rating: 5
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  12. oh my god i am so making this tonight drool drool

  13. I am making this 5 Ingredient Chili Recipe.. However I could not find the Canned tomatoes with Chili..
    I’m Making mine in the slow cooker for dinner, One ingredient I do not have is the chili powder..
    What else can I use?
    I could run out to the store and get some.

    • Hi Cathy! No worries about the tomatoes with the green chiles (plain ones will do), but you definitely need chili powder for this. We hope you enjoy!

  14. I think you need cumin. I realize that’d make it 6 ingredients, but it makes all the difference. Just sayin’.

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  16. Great receipe. I have made it many times.

    Rating: 5
  17. This recipe is so easy to make and absolutely delicious!!! One of our favorite meals!

    Rating: 5
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  21. Made this last night – loved it! So easy to make and quick. Was able to pick the ingredients up on the way home from work and have it ready at a reasonable time. This will be my go to chili recipe. Everyone loved it! I did amp up the chili powder too because I wanted a little more heat.

    Rating: 5
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  23. Second time I made this chili. Easy to make. Tastes so so good.

    Rating: 5
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