This is a super easy homemade chili recipe. You can be eating it 30 minutes after you start making it, that’s how easy it is. You literally just throw everything in to a pot and cook it for 20 minutes until the flavors meld together. It ends up with a surprisingly complex flavor from the homemade chili seasoning (which is awesome to make ahead of time).
If you don’t want to make your own seasoning, I really like this store bought variety. You can also change up the recipe by using different combinations of beans or by putting it in the crock pot or simmering it longer on the stove top. The main thing I use this for is on Navajo tacos. I get this easy homemade chili started and then it’s finished by the time the fry bread is done. You can get my fry bread recipe here.
Another thing you can do to speed things up is to get your ground beef started cooking (if it’s not pre-cooked or frozen) and by the time you get the rest of the ingredients in the pan, your ground beef will be close to being done and you will have a head start on the 20 minutes of simmering the main part of the chili.
Please watch this video to see how fun and easy it is to make this easy homemade chili:
Watch on Youtube – https://youtu.be/qK9st-LWxyQ
When I grew up, we never had chili. I think it’s because my Dad doesn’t like beans at all. I remember when I first started dating my husband in college, a meal similar to this was one of the main foods he ate. Side note, another recipe popular in our apartment complex was canned chili and spam.
Have you ever tried it or heard of it? It’s actually surprisingly good – at least for college food. Of course, that was back in the day when I thought a frozen burrito fried in a little oil in a pan was delicious too. Anyway, back to my husband’s chili. The main difference was that he cooked it in the crock pot on low all day. It really does get some good flavor that way and you could totally cook it in the crock pot yourself.
What’s your favorite way to eat chili? Do you think it’s a college-type food, or is it good for everyone? Do you like chili on hot dogs, cheese fries or by itself? Do your children like it? It always surprises me that my children love it so much, which I can’t explain why I’m surprised by that.
Oh, wait. It could be because generally children don’t like things mixed together and they rarely like soup. But, they do love chili and taco soup, which are very similar. I guess I’ll have to put my taco soup recipe on my blog sometime soon since it’s another quick, easy recipe. . .
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I love how easy it is to throw this chili together. You literally just dump in a bunch of cans of food and add some seasoning. My kids love this chili, especially on navajo tacos.
- 1 lb ground beef (browned)
- 15 oz cans dark kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
- 15 oz can of chili beans
- 15 oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 14.5 oz can of tomato sauce
- 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- homemade chili seasoning (recipe below)
- 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)
If you would rather make the chili seasoning in bulk, here’s a recipe for you:
- ¾ cup chili powder
- ¼ cup ground cumin
- ¼ cup salt
- 2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well
- Store in an airtight container