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When you discover a homemade chili recipe easy to use that’s a belly-warming goodness thrown together in five minutes, enough to feed a crowd, or freeze well for leftovers, you better hang on to it! I love sharing delicious easy recipes and this one is a perfectly scrumptious chili recipe that allows you to chunk a few ingredients in the slow cooker to set it and forget it! When you serve it up, you’ll be delighted with its rich flavors. Now I’m hungry! Are you?
I’m compiling crazy-easy and simple recipes together for two weeks worth of wholesome meals with a variety of proteins like ground meat, chicken, beef, and etc… that I think you’ll love (grocery list included). Until then, let’s get on to this yummy one, shall we?!
Chili recipe easy and simple
You could technically call this recipe semi-homemade because you are going to cook up the ground meat very quickly (but that’s it!). There is no shame of having a few meals that are ridiculously simple by the use of canned/bottled ingredients. If you want to use the fresh alternative every. single. time., go for it. Most of the time, we need shortcuts, right?
I’m talking about real life here.
….. Mama’s trying to get dinner on the table when Johnny has a ballgame until 7:00 and the whole family is starving to death, but just wants a home-cooked meal.
…..The Wife that’s sliding in on two wheels to her home to get food on the table for her hangry family.
Easiest chili recipe
The ingredients and instructions on a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea ->
You’ll add cooked ground meat, can of pasta sauce, a jar of salsa, cans of beans, seasonings, and dash of brown sugar to a slow cooker. Give it a big stir, set on low and let simmer until you are ready for it.
- 2 pounds cooked, ground meat
- 1 large can pasta sauce
- 1 medium jar of salsa
- 2 cans of beans of your choice (more about this below in post)
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- *optional) dash of hot sauce
- shredded cheese
- *optional) green onions
- Add all ingredients into the slow cooker and stir well.
- Cook on low for at least three hours.
- Serve when ready and add shredded cheese of your choice (we like cheddar).
- Add optional green onions.
- Pair with jalapeno cornbread (search for it on blog), or crackers.
There are certainly many variations linked to the history of chili, but we’re keeping it easy! Be sure to use whatever ground meat (that is drained after cooking) you prefer or have on hand. You will receive the tomato sauce, oregano seasoning, garlic, salt, etc. in your canned pasta sauce. The secret ingredient that takes the flavor to another level AND saves tons of time -> By using salsa, you are quickly adding in lots of flavors without any effort (onions, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and vinegar).
Traditionally, most use red kidney beans and pinto beans in chili recipes. One day I went to a friend’s house and her Mom had made chili using red kidneys and chickpeas (garbanzo beans). It was so good. I realized then that you can change it up with the beans and the chili will still taste great.
My family is very fond of hot sauce. I always put the dash of ‘Texas Pete’ into my chili recipe at the end to give it a little kick. The fam calls it ‘spicy chili.’ Try it, you just might like it.