The Best Easy Chili Recipe

This is The BEST Easy Chili Recipe you will make! Chili loaded with ground beef, beans, and vegetables with a homemade chili seasoning. This 30-minute chili recipe is so easy to prepare and so DELICIOUS! It will become a family favorite. 

This chili, our Pasta Fagioli and Zuppa Toscana are true comfort food recipes. 

Beef chili recipe in a bowl topped with sour cream and cheese with crackers on the side.

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easy chili recipe-

The easiest homemade thick chili recipe you can make. Ground meat sauteed with vegetables in the most delicious chili seasoning with broth and beans. The added carrots and peppers take the simple recipe and truly give it more flavor than you normally won’t get in a classic chili recipe.

Add other cubed vegetables for even more flavor. Celery, red peppers, mushrooms, corn, and zucchini are all great to add to chili.

An easy chilli recipe in a Dutch oven with a ladle topped with fresh greens.

how to make chili recipe-

Chilli doesn’t have to be as complicated as many recipes make it seem. Prepare to be wowed by the easiness of this recipe. Use a Dutch oven or any pot with a thick bottom for the preparation of this chili.

  1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Add onion and cook until tender.
  2. Stir in the cubed pepper, carrots, and the garlic. Saute until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with juice), beans and the ingredients for the chili seasoning. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

TIP: If you don’t like chunky tomatoes in the chili, you can finely chop the tomatoes before adding them to the chili or puree them.

what kind of meat is used for chili?

In this recipe, we used ground beef as the choice of meat. However, you can substitute for ground pork or turkey if desired with great results.

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how to make crockpot chili?

This recipe can easily be made in a crockpot with a few minor adjustments and let the crockpot do the rest of the work. Here’s how you’d make the chili in a slow cooker:

  • Saute the meat and onions until meat is browned and onions tender. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Add the cubed carrots and peppers, garlic, diced tomatoes, broth, and seasonings. Mix well to combine. (NOTE: Add beans one hour before chili is finished.)
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours and 3 hours on high. 

can I freeze beef chili?

Yes, this chili can be frozen for up to 3 months. Be sure the chili cools completely before transferring to an air-tight container. Thaw completely before reheating. Add some broth or water when reheating if the chili is too thick.

An easy chili recipe made with ground beef, vegetables and beans.

what can I add as toppings for chili?

Serve the beef chili with your favorite toppings of grated cheddar cheese, sour cream. fresh cilantro, green onion, chives, cubed avocado or crushed tortilla chips.

You can also serve the hearty chilli over a halved and pitted avocado or baked potato. So filling and delicious.

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5 from 6 votes

The Best Easy Chili Recipe

This is the BEST easy chili recipe you can make from scratch. Ground meat sauteed with vegetables in the most delicious seasoned chili broth and beans. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


Easy Chili Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion finely cubed
  • 1 large carrot cubed
  • ½ medium green bell pepper cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15.5 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups beef broth, or chicken broth

Chili Seasonings:


  • Brown beef in a Dutch oven over med-high heat, breaking up the meat while stirring.
  • Add onion and cook until tender.
  • Add diced carrot, bell pepper and minced garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender, stirring as needed. Drain excess fat.
  • Pour in diced tomatoes with juice, add beans, broth and seasonings. Stir well to combine.
  • Turn heat down to a gentle boil and allow chili to cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally (longer if meat and vegetables aren’t desired tenderness).
  • Taste chili and additional seasonings if needed. Turn off heat and allow chili to rest 5 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Easy Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1226mg53%
Potassium 679mg19%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1610IU32%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

NOTE: Recipe developed by Valentina’s Corner and first published on Natasha’s Kitchen.

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  • Millican Pecan 10/04/2019, 7:53 pm Link Reply

    As winter is approaching, your chili is exactly what I need to make soon. I think I am going to try the slow cooker version that you mentioned. Or maybe use my cast iron. Either way it looks delicious! I love your story and your passionate faith. God is good in all ways!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/06/2019, 9:52 am Link Reply

      That just makes me so happy, Millican. Either way you make the chili, it will be wonderful. 🙂 Enjoy. And thank you for reading our personal posts.

  • Janet Bradley 09/10/2019, 11:41 am Link Reply

    Can I leave the kidney beans out? Not a fan of beans in my chili. Probably gonna make it anyway (sounds amazing).

    • Valentina's Corner 09/10/2019, 12:15 pm Link Reply

      Yes, you definitely can, Janet. (Honestly, my kids don’t like them either so we leave out the beans as well. ).. I hope you love the chili as much as we do.

  • Jenna 04/24/2019, 5:58 pm Link Reply

    Can I use chicken broth if I am using ground turkey?
    Thank you!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/24/2019, 6:23 pm Link Reply

      Yes, you can definitely use chicken broth even if you will be using beef. Enjoy the easy recipe. 🙂

  • Taylor 04/24/2019, 8:24 am Link Reply

    Love how simple and delicious this is chili is! Yum!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/24/2019, 10:08 am Link Reply

      I couldn’t agree more, Taylor. Sure is a keeper recipe.

  • Trang 04/23/2019, 7:55 pm Link Reply

    Yummy! Definitely easy and I didn’t think of adding carrots until now. XOXO

    • Valentina's Corner 04/24/2019, 12:05 am Link Reply

      Thanks for trying our recipe, Trang. So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Kristyn 04/23/2019, 7:38 pm Link Reply

    This looks so hearty & yummy! Chili is always such a crowd pleaser!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/24/2019, 12:05 am Link Reply

      It truly is comfort food everyone loves.

  • Natasha 04/23/2019, 5:02 pm Link Reply

    HOW delicious would this be over hot dogs in the summer time!?! Can’t wait to whip this up!!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/24/2019, 12:04 am Link Reply

      I like where this is going, Natasha. I hope you love the chili as much as we do. 🙂

  • Beth Pierce 04/23/2019, 2:52 pm Link Reply

    What a great recipe for chili! We eat chili year round; I’m excited to give your recipe a try!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/23/2019, 4:25 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Beth. We love chili and well, especially this easy version. I hope you love it as much as we do. Enjoy. 🙂

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