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Simple Chili Recipe

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Easy Chili Recipe: Quick and the BEST!: A stovetop or crockpot simple chili recipe that leaves so many asking for the recipe. It’s the perfect base to add your favorite chili toppings!

I’m about to let you in on a little secret of mine, frankly because… well… I adore you all, and I know it may change your chili life.

We love chili recipes around here because they can be so versatile, and each person can customize the flavor how they wish! Spicy, sweet, loaded with crunch, simple on flavor and so much more.

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Quick & Easy Chili Recipe - Momma's Chili https://fantabulosity.com

Simple & Easy Chili Recipe

My mom has finally conquered the BEST go-to chili recipe, and I sweet-talked her into sharing it with me and letting me share it with you all.

Why? Because any time I make this chili, people rave about how good it is, and you all… it’s SO so simple.

It’s the perfect basic recipe to use as is or to add your favorite seasonings and toppings to.

Quick Chili Recipe for a Crowd

So I got a call from my husband the other day,

“Hey babe, the whole family is coming over for dinner tonight.”

Like…that meant “in a couple of hours”.

Normally, I would panic. But I had my “go-to,” chili recipe to fall back on, and I was in luck.

Everyday Ingredients for this Chili

I went to the grocery store, grabbed the ingredients I needed, (which I did already have on hand, but I stocked up on more to triple the recipe for this large crowd), and I was golden.

(Full printable recipe card and instructions at the end of this post!)

  • 2 cans of chili beans
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • cumin
  • sliced cheese
  • ground beef

The ingredients are something that you can have on hand, or literally grab at the grocery store super quick, and come home and throw together in a pinch, in bulk, for a crowd.

Throw some frozen garlic bread in the oven too, or the salad and Caprese grilled cheese I recommend below, and you have the perfect feast for all who gather. And who doesn’t love chili?

I’ve found that chili is one of the best dishes to make for a lot of people because it tends to be loved by many!

Need a Little Extra? How about a Hot Dog Bar?

Have more time and want to do a little extra for a crowd coming over?

Set up a hot dog bar next to your chili and let your guests go to town making the ultimate chili dogs, and see what kind of creations they can come up with!

See my hot dog bar party ideas and toppings list.

Hot Dog Bar Topping Ideas

Simple Chili Tips:

Oh dear… wait to you hear what little tricks/hacks I have up my sleeve when I make this chili recipe…

•  I usually double or triple this recipe when I make it.

       —- I freeze individual serving sizes of the leftovers, for a quick-last minute lunch, or for my hubby to take it to the office with him.

       —- I will use the leftovers in different dishes for the next couple of days. (Chili-Cheese Nachos, Chili Dogs, taco salad, etc.)

•  Brown your ground beef in the soup pot that you plan to use. Drain if needed, and then return beef to pot. It’s a One-Pot Dish!

•  Since this chili recipe uses just a few ingredients, that are also affordable… it’s a no-brainer. A big pot of affordable ingredients that can be spread out for multiple meals. I’m not good at math, but I at least can figure out that my wallet “won,” on this one.

Quick & Easy Chili Recipe - Momma's Chili https://fantabulosity.com

Quick & Easy Chili Recipe - Momma's Chili https://fantabulosity.com

Simple Chili Recipe: Quick and the BEST

Jessica Burgess
This chili recipe is so simple and easy to make and tastes DELICIOUS. The whole family will love it! Pair with some cornbread or pile it onto hot dogs.
3.75 from 20 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 358 kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 14-ounce cans chili beans
  • 1 14-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 3-4 Slices thick American cheese or 8 slices of thin


  • In a large pot on medium heat, brown the ground beef, until fully cooked. Drain if needed.
  • Reduce to low-medium heat.
  • Add in tomato sauce, chili beans, and cumin; combine.
  • When heated through, reduce heat to simmer
  • Add in sliced cheese, and let melt into chili, occasionally stirring to combine. Serve warm.


Serving: 1serving (1/4 recipe)Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 22gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 349mgPotassium: 380mgVitamin A: 185IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 213mgIron: 4.3mg
Keyword easy chili recipe, homemade chili, quick dinner recipe
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Of course, you can always have additional toppings sitting out for your family/friends/guests to add to their individual servings.

Ideas of Toppings to Offer with Chili

    • Shredded Cheese
    • Brown Sugar
    • Peanut Butter
    • Hot Sauce
    • Soup Crackers
    • Sour Cream
    • Chopped Onions

What to Side Dishes to Serve with Chili

If you’re like us, we LOVE to have side dishes with our chili and that usually means we will have something like…

  • Hot Dogs
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Salad to Go with Chili

Now I do love a good peanut butter and jelly to go with my chili, or even a good sandwich (you’ll see one below) but when I’m trying to think of a vegetable to fix up as a side dish, I also have the BEST side salad to go with chili!

But warning… it will be your new favorite and you may be in charge of making them for all the upcoming family functions!

Simple Secret to the Side Salad Recipe

So I mentioned it above, but I also made a little somethin’-somethin’ extra, for my guests to eat alongside their chili the other night when they came over, and it went over like a kid in a candy store…

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Get that recipe here: Caprese Grilled Cheese

Caprese Grilled Cheese - A New Adult Favorite-7

Let me know below what you add to your chili… or what you eat along beside it… I love hearing how everyone is different.

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9 thoughts on “Simple Chili Recipe

  1. Sharyn pionto says:

    I also had elbow macaroni to this chili and have been making it for years

    1. Jessica says:

      Yummo!!! That sounds delicious!!!

  2. Patricia Weigand says:

    This looks good and I intend to try this recipe. Glad I watched the video because you did not include the sizes of the cans. I am fortunate to have a Schnucks where I live and I intend to make this soon. Thanks for posing.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh shoot! You’re right! I didn’t include that on the recipe ingredients! Thank you! I’ll go back and add that! 🙂

      1. Kay Schlosser says:

        I add one can of coca cola and one bottle/can of beer, two tablespoons of Hersheys cocoa and one packaged of Chilli Man chilli mix.

        1. Jessica says:

          Oh my goodness!!! I’ve never heard of adding those items! Love it!

      2. Patricia Weigand says:

        As long as you are adding the size of the can you might want to add (Mexican Style) chili beans. Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Amy says:

    5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe! It is so simple and easy and I don’t know why it tastes better than other, but IT DOES!! I think the slices of cheese just give it something special and make it nice and rich! 100% recommend. Thank you to you and your mama for sharing.

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww thank you! I’ll have to let her know what you said! 🙂 So glad that you like it!

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