Make this Easy Chili Recipe on the stovetop! Our basic chili is full of flavor and is simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner!
Warm up with a bowl of chili and a slice of skillet cornbread on the side! There are a million different ways to make chili, and everyone has their preferences as to what they want in their chili. Some want just the meat and beans, while others want all of the things!
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Behind The Recipe
This simple chili recipe was passed down from my mom! There were several picky eaters in our family, so my mom came up with an easy way to make chili without chunky vegetables. It is cooked on the stovetop, comes together in minutes, and is a flavorful, hearty meal that is perfect for cold evenings.
Easy Chili Recipe Ingredients
This easy chili recipe for the stove top is perfect for those who enjoy chili with only a few ingredients. For those who want more, I’ve included lots of suggestions and ideas to make this recipe in various ways.
- Ground Beef: We used ground beef as the meat in this easy chili recipe. See the section below for additional types of meat that you could use.
- Onion: Minced onions provide flavor. You can use dried minced onions or mince a fresh onion, depending on what you have on hand.
- Seasonings: We seasoned the meat with Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper.
- Beans: This easy chili recipe uses two cans of chili beans in a mild sauce. You can use other types of beans if you prefer, but you’ll want to add additional seasonings such as chili powder, garlic, and cumin to make up for the flavors of the mild sauce.
- Tomato: For the tomatoes, we added a can of condensed tomato soup. It is the perfect way to get the tomato flavor without chunks of tomatoes.
- Water: The water helps thin the chili. You can add more or less depending on how thick you want your chili to be.
How To Make Chili On The Stovetop
Brown the ground beef with the garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, minced onion, and black pepper. Drain and set aside.
Add the soup, beans, and water to a large pot and stir to combine. Stir in the beef mixture.
Bring it to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until it’s ready to serve.
Tips For Success
Best Meat For Chili
We prefer using 80/20 ground beef when making chili. You can swap out some or all of the ground beef in this easy chili recipe for another meat. A different meat choice can not only switch up the flavor of the chili but also make it lighter in some cases. Here are a few suggestions:
- Pork Sausage Chili: Add some ground pork sausage to the ground beef for additional flavor.
- Ground Chicken Chili: Swap out the ground beef with ground chicken.
- Ground Turkey Chili: Try using ground turkey instead of ground beef.
- Vegetarian Chili: Skip the meat and add more beans and some diced vegetables.
We started off with this quick, easy stove top chili recipe that can be enjoyed as is, or ingredients can be easily adapted to what your family likes. Here are some ideas for additional ingredients:
- Beans: pinto beans, chili beans, kidney beans, black beans
- Vegetables: tomatoes, corn, carrots, onions, celery
- Peppers: bell peppers, jalapenos, chile peppers
- Spices: cumin, oregano, garlic, chili powder, paprika
Toppings For Chili
Simple, basic chili is good, of course, but adding toppings takes it to the next level! Since everyone likes different toppings for chili, put the toppings in small bowls and let everyone add what they want. Here are some popular toppings for chili:
- Veggies: chopped cilantro, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, diced avocado
- Dairy: shredded cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt
- Salty: corn chips, tortilla chips, croutons, crackers
Store any leftover chili in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Or you can make this easy chili recipe ahead of time and freeze it in individual portions for a quick lunch or dinner.
- Chili Without Beans: You can make this easy chili recipe without beans by increasing the ground beef to two pounds instead of one. Since there is double meat to brown, you’ll also need to double the minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper.
- Taco Chili: To give this chili recipe the flavor of tacos, prepare the ground beef with a packet of taco seasoning!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, chili is one of those things that freezes well! Store any leftover chili in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Or you can make this easy chili recipe ahead of time and freeze it in individual portions for a quick lunch or dinner.
Yes, you can make this easy chili recipe in a slow cooker instead of on the stovetop. Brown the ground beef as directed in the instructions. Then, put everything into a slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 3 – 3 1/2 hours or low for 6 hours until heated through.
More Soup Recipes
- Spicy Corn and Sausage Chowder is a hearty soup that’s perfect for cold nights.
- Hearty White Chicken Chili comes together quickly and is a family favorite!
- Slow Cooker Corn Chowder Recipe with Potatoes and Ham is the best comfort food.
- This Slow Cooker Taco Soup recipe is delicious and so easy to make!
Easy Chili Recipe
- Brown ground beef with the minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper. Drain and set aside.
- Put the chili beans, condensed tomato soup, water, and the browned beef mixture into a large pot. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until ready to serve.