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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330 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. 5 stars
    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.

  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. 5 stars
    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!

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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’.

  15. 4 stars
    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.

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  17. 5 stars
    Great receipe. I have made it many times.

  18. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy to make and absolutely delicious!!! One of our favorite meals!

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  22. 5 stars
    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.

  23. 5 stars
    Best Chili recipe on the web or anywhere and so fast and easy. Love it and use it often.

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  25. 5 stars

    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

  26. 5 stars
    …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!!

  27. 5 stars
    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

  28. 5 stars
    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!

  29. 5 stars
    Second time I made this chili. Easy to make. Tastes so so good.

  30. 5 stars
    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.

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  32. 5 stars
    Excellent, simple chilli recipe that my whole family will eat. Highly recommend.

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  34. 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.

  35. 5 stars
    How Long would I need to cook this in a pressure cooker and would I need to add water or make any adjustments?

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

  38. 5 stars
    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!

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  41. 3 stars
    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.”

  42. 5 stars
    This is good!

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  44. 5 stars
    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.

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  47. 5 stars
    Made it last night. Turned out really good. This is my new goto chili recipe.

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