This is a 30 minutes quick and easy homemade chili recipe. What makes it super easy? All you do is open a bunch of cans, dump them in a pan, stir and eat. Today I have a tried and true easy homemade chili recipe for you. It really couldn’t be any easier, especially if you brown your ground beef ahead of time and freeze it in one pound portions. In fact, this entire recipe freezes really well. And if you don’t have any ground beef on hand, you can still make it in 30 minutes. Just get the ground beef started cooking while you put all the other ingredients in the pot. By the time the ground beef is done, the rest of your chili will be ready for the ground beef.
Or, you can totally cook this in a pressure cooker or slow cooker. In the pressure cooker, just push the chili button. And in the slow cooker, cook it on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. It’s not any harder, but it ends up tasting really good since the flavors get really melded together. Since I’ve made this so many times, I have some tips and tricks for you:
- The bean types I have listed are just suggestions. You are welcome to use your favorite chili beans. My favorite things to do lately is to just get a couple cans of chili beans. I believe they are Westbrae brand that I usually get, but there are probably other brands that do this. Anyway, it has like 3 types of beans all in one can. So it’s really easy, especially if you want to make smaller batches or go light on the beans.
- Sometimes I make this with fresh tomatoes from my garden. So. Good. When I do that, all I do is take the stem out of the tomato and throw the whole thing in my Vitamix. Blend it for half a minute or so. Usually this has more water than the canned tomatoes and tomato sauce, so put a little less chicken broth in your chili – or just let it cook down a little longer.
- If you don’t want to use the homemade chili seasoning I have, you can totally buy those packets at the store with chili seasoning. We used to do that all the time until we discovered how easy it was to “make” our own chili seasoning.
- You are welcome to add a few of your favorite chili ingredients to the pot if you want. Fresh jalapeno or chili peppers are good. I almost always add onions. I’m sure there are other things I just can’t think of right now. Please comment below if you have some suggestions for myself and others to try.
- You can totally substitute ground turkey for the ground beef. Or ground pork or sausage. Or – the best is to make a huge batch with ground turkey, beef and pork. Yum!
- Obviously, this could easily be turned in to a vegetarian chili by leaving out the meat.
Do you have any other tips or tricks to make this easy homemade chili even better? I would love to hear your ideas! Please comment below and help us all out.
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This easy homemade chili recipe really only takes 30 minutes and is filling, comforting and versatile. I’ve probably made this hundreds of times.
- 1 lb ground beef (browned)
- 15 oz can dark kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
- 15 oz can chili beans (drained and rinsed)
- 15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
- 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- homemade chili seasoning (recipe below or chili seasoning packet)
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot
- Stir together
- Heat on medium –high until the chili starts to simmer
- Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes (or longer)