Learn how to make this simple and easy chili recipe that can be ready in about an hour. Optional crockpot instructions included!
Best Chili Recipe That is Easy to Make
There’s nothing like hot bowl of chili on a blustery cold day. It’s warm, filling, and in the grand scheme of things, not too unhealthy! What makes it even better is when it’s made using a super easy chili recipe that can be ready in an hour.
This is my husband’s easy chili recipe. He throws it together in less than 15 minutes and lets it simmer in the pot. After an hour, it’s ready to eat!
My favorite part? It’s a one pot meal! Everything can be made together in one pot, reducing mess.
Of course, if you’d rather prepare this recipe in the morning and then enjoy it for dinner, it can easily be adapted to be made in a Crock-Pot. See more on that below!
We add both red and white beans to the chili to give it some color. The white beans are optional. If you choose to leave them out, just add another 15 oz can of red beans.
It’s perfect served warm with a dollop of sour cream. We like to eat ours with crackers, but you can scoop it up with tortilla chips or sop it up with some warm buttered bread.
Want an Easy CrockPot Chili Recipe?
This recipe can easily be made in the crockpot. The only difference is that you need to brown the meat in a separate pot on the stove and then drain the fat first before adding it to the slow cooker.
Cook it on Low for 6 hours or on High for 4 hours.
It makes a little more mess, but you can make it early in the day and have it ready by dinner time!
Another bonus to making it in the slow cooker or Crock-Pot is that it can be kept warm. Perfect for football parties!
Chili Recipe with Chocolate? Why Not!
Want to try something new? Add chocolate to your chili!
Try adding some semi-sweet chocolate. It won’t overpower the other chili flavors, but it does enhance the other flavors of the chili quite well.
When my husband adds chocolate, he uses about 2-3 oz. of a semi-sweet chocolate baking bar.
Prefer Spicy Chili Recipes?
If you like spicy chili, add more hot sauce and use jalapeno peppers.
Be easy on the extra hot flavors, though! You want to still be able to enjoy the chili without burning your taste buds away.
When my husband wants to make the chili spicier, we first take some of the chili out for the kids since they’re not into spicy foods.
What Should You Do With Leftover Chili?
If you’re looking for ways to reinvent your chili leftovers, I’ve got to solution for you: stuffed bell peppers filled with chili! It’s a different spin on traditional stuffed peppers, but still so good.
What Makes Your Chili Recipe Special?
Tell me: how do you like your chili? Do you like it spicy? Do you add anything else to yours?