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Easy Chili Recipe

Easy chili recipe with canned beans, ground beef, onions, and tomatoes. This recipe is simple and basic with pantry ingredients. It’s the perfect classic chili to put on the table on a busy weeknight!

A white bowl of classic beef chili topped with grated cheese with a spoon on the side.

I love chili of all different kinds, don’t you? I like the spicy Chili Without Beans that my family prefers, but I also like this classic chili recipe with beans. And I love this vegetarian chili with sweet potatoes. And chicken chili. And Wendy’s and my Mama’s version.

This chili recipe is about as basic as it gets: ground beef, onion, pepper, tomatoes, and beans. And it’s easy to make—the whole pot comes together in about an hour. You can make it as spicy as you want or make it a little more kid-friendly.

Chili with pork and beans

I don’t particularly care for kidney beans, so I like to use Campbell’s Pork n’ Beans. I prefer Campbell’s because they have a light tomato sauce instead of the watery liquid that usually accompanies pork n’ beans. You don’t even need to drain these beans, just dump the can right into the pot.

And in case you think you don’t like pork and beans, they’re just navy beans that have been cooked in a little tomato sauce with some pork. The perfect kind of chili beans!

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Chili ingredients

The ingredients for this chili recipe are pretty basic and you probably have all of them in your pantry.

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How to make the chili recipe

Step 1. In large Dutch oven over medium heat, brown the ground round. When meat is nearly done, add olive oil and allow to heat. Add the chopped onion and green peppers to the browned meat. Stir and cook about five minutes, stirring frequently.

Cook’s Tip: If you use a leaner ground beef, you won’t even need to drain it!

Step 2. Pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Stir to mix well and add chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir again to mix well and bring the beef chili to a boil. 

Step 3. Then turn it down to a simmer and add the beans. Stir gently and cook about 45 minutes on medium-low, stirring frequently.

Closeup photo of a bowl of classic beef chili with grated cheese.

You could also cook this chili in the crock pot and have it ready when you get home. It’s simple, versatile, and great for the whole family. Enjoy!

This easy chili recipe will become a staple in your menu rotation because it comes together quickly and please the whole family. You can tweak it with spices or use ground turkey instead of beef, or chili beans instead of pork n’ beans.

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A white bowl of classic beef chili topped with grated cheese.

Classic Chili Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Classic Chili recipe with beans, ground beef, onions, and tomatoes. This recipe is simple and basic with pantry ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground round beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2 cans water, from the tomato paste
  • 1 19 1/2-oz. can Campbell's pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, add more if needed
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin, add more if needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In large Dutch oven over medium heat, brown the ground round. When meat is nearly done, add olive oil and allow to heat. Add onion and green peppers to meat. Stir and cook about five minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Pour in tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Stir to mix well and add chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir to mix well and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and add beans. Stir and cook about 45 minutes on medium-low, stirring frequently.
  3. Serve with grated cheese, chopped onions, frito chips, sour cream.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 697mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 9gSugar: 7gProtein: 28g

Nutrition counts are provided as estimates only. Southern Food and Fun makes no guarantee as to the accuracy of these nutritional values as ingredients and serving sizes may vary from person to person.

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Update Notes: This post was originally published December 15, 2014, and on November 23, 2019, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.

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