Diane's Cheap and Easy Chili

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

An easy, flexible weeknight recipe. Increase/decrease chili powder and chilies to suit your taste. Great with grated cheese or diced avocado.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Crumble ground beef into hot 3-4 qt dutch oven or suitable pot over medium high heat. When browned, add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent.
  2. Add beans (undrained), chiles, tomatoes and spices. Return to boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Simmer 20 minutes to blend flavors. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.


Most Helpful

I made this to use up some veggies in my fridge that were starting to wilt so there's an extra Serrano pepper in mine and only 2 cans of beans (hey, it's what I had, ok?). Anyways, for something that only took ~50 minutes this was excellent. I didn't know whether to drain off the fat from browning the beef so I left it and I also added the liquid from my jar of tomatoes (halved, crushed in pan while cooking) as well as from the beans & the amount of sauce was excellent.

Coraniaid February 12, 2014

This is a GREAT recipe! and it was cheap and easy too :) I made as written, but used Rotel tomatoes for a little extra heat and I drained and rinsed the beans to reduce sodium. Wonderfully chunky and tasty ~ I did add about 1 cup water/V8 mixed to give it a little juice. A new weeknight keeper recipe. Thanks diane ~ made for ZAAR COOKBOOK TAG, MARCH 2010!

FloridaNative March 02, 2010

Very good! I made this for 6 people and slightly modified it. I would suggest you leave in the juice of the beans otherwise your chili will come out dry. Still good mind you just dry. I combined this recipe with #62571 for a complete meal.

Diana in KS November 16, 2008

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