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

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

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

  7. 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. 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. 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?

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

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  13. 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.

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  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

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

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  24. 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)

  25. Do you drain the fat from the meat?

  26. 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! ! 

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  29. 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!

  30. 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?

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

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

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  38. 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 .

  39. 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.

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  41. 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!

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

  42. 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!

    • 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!

  43. 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.

    • 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! :)

  44. Could you make something like this with ground chicken?

  45. Do I need to add water to the chili?

  46. 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. :)

    • 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

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

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  49. 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).

    • 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!