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5 Ingredient Easy Chili Recipe

This Easy Canned Chili recipe requires only 5 ingredients! Packed with flavor, this comforting recipe takes only 30 minutes to make. You don’t miss out on anything with this dish perfect for feeding a large group. Perfect as a solo meal or as a topping for baked potatoes or chili dogs!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how do i make easy chili
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 372kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef or sausage
  • 1 white onion or yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes
  • 30 oz chili with beans
  • cheddar cheese shredded, for topping


  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the beef (or sausage) over medium heat until no longer pink. Add onion and garlic and cook until veggies are soft and fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. If there is not enough grease from the meat and mixture is too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan while veggies are cooking.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and chili and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle into serving bowls and serve immediately! Top with cheese, if desired.


Use ground pork (in place of beef) for added flavor.
Use canned tomatoes that include added herbs or flavorings, such as onions and garlic. You can never get enough onion and garlic, people.
Simmering this chili for more than 20 minutes is definitely doable and may result in an even more flavorful meal.
Add chopped bell peppers to the onion-garlic mixture for extra crunch and flavor.
Add a can of drained and rinsed kidney beans or black beans for added flavor.
Throw in some garlic powder and/or chili powder for extra yum!
A 15 ounce can of tomato sauce or 8-10 ounces of tomato juice will add a TON of flavor!
Favorite toppings for easy chili: shredded cheddar cheese, avocados, sliced green onions, chives, parsley, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 561IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 7mg