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5-Ingredient Chili

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5 Ingredient Chili |

Looking for a no-fuss, full-flavored, easy chili recipe to cook up in a hurry?

Try my 5-ingredient chili recipe! ♡

It comes together in just 30 minutes and features all of those cozy chili flavors we all love. Feel free to use your favorite type of beans and protein here (ground beef or plant-based ground “meat” will both work)

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5 Ingredient Chili |


5 Ingredient Chili |

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5-Ingredient Easy Chili

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  • 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 will 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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268 comments on “5-Ingredient Chili”

  1. 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! :)

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. We need to go shopping, and there’s not much in the house. Feeling too lay to go to the store, we decided to try this. Added a whole can of chopped green chili peppers and three regular cans of chopped tomatoes. We also added a clove of garlic. I think more garlic would have been fine, though. This was perfect. We loved it! I’ll definitely make it again.

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

  10. This recipe is so easy to make and absolutely delicious!!! One of our favorite meals!

  11. 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.

  12. Best Chili recipe on the web or anywhere and so fast and easy. Love it and use it often.

  13. Hello,

    Your chilli recipe is a SLAM DUNK!!! It makes me want to cook….I only had to go to the store for the chopped tomatoes with chilli peppers. Family Dollar was the closest store, but only carried 10 oz cans. I already had a can of plain crushed tomatoes. So I used 2, 10 oz cans of. Rotel brand, diced tomatoes and green chillies. I also tried the cumin which some wrote about. I cooked my ground turkey in the croak pot, seasoned to taste, slow cooked with onions, then added the other ingrediants from your recipe. GREAT TASTE!!! Thanks for sharing!

    F. Johnson

  14. …Just polished off the last bowl tonight!! I was EXTREMELY impressed at how wonderfully this came together, with only 5 ingredients!! I garnished mine with shredded cheese, sour cream, and some crackers mixed in. This makes for a GREAT cold weather recipe!! Will DEFINITELY be making again!!

  15. Amazing! For somebody who’s really lazy and doesn’t like cooking complicated meals this is a godsend! So quick and simple to make! I make enough for a few dinners and chill them in the fridge. I cook some rice to add to it and it’s perfect! Thank you for this recipe

  16. I sent my husband this recipe so he could make dinner and it’s on the stove now. He added cumin and cayenne and probably hot sauce because we like spicy and it smells amazing! I keep walking by and dipping tortilla chips in the pot and it’s delicious so far!

  17. Second time I made this chili. Easy to make. Tastes so so good.

  18. Second time I made this chili. Easy to make. Tastes so so good. If you want spicy just add diced tomatoes with hot chilis. I find a couple cans of mild and the other original makes it spicy enough. Enjoy. Very good.

  19. Excellent, simple chilli recipe that my whole family will eat. Highly recommend.

  20. I made this recipe because my husband was craving chili. I figured why not; football, cold weather, why not. I only used 1 can of diced tomatoes and added one small can of tomato sauce. He loved it and said not to lose the recipe. Had enough to freeze 3 servings. Very easy to prepare. Will definitely make again.

  21. How Long would I need to cook this in a pressure cooker and would I need to add water or make any adjustments?

  22. Trying this tonight. Looks good and easy. I have 3 different beans to add to it. Plus some cornbread to go along with it.

  23. Amazing base recipe! You can add and make it your own! We made it and added mushrooms garlic and mild chili beans.I made it all in 1 pot after I drained the hamburger. Yummy!

  24. Can of tomatoes with chillis is 2 ingredients so the recipe is for 6 ingredients. If you’re going to argue that it is 1 then once everything is in the pan it is “How to make a chilli with 1 ingredient.”

  25. This is good!

  26. Very easy – the family loved it! I threw some brown raisins in the last few minutes, and their sweetness – along with that of the apple – was a nice counterpoint to the “sauce.” I also pureed only half, before adding the cubed lamb.

  27. Made it last night. Turned out really good. This is my new goto chili recipe.

  28. So easy and so tasty! Thank you for the recipe!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. So excited to make this!

  34. Super easy, extra tasty, a winner in our house!

  35. My go-to chili recipe…so simple & delicious!

  36. 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 ?

  37. 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!

  38. Tried this chilli, and loved it!

  39. 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!!

  40. Delicious chili and very inexpensive! Easy peasy to make too!

  41. 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?

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

  43. 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!!

  44. 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.

  45. 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

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

  47. 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

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

  49. Hi! Do you rinse your beans?

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