Prep Time
5 Mins
Cook Time
25 Mins
Makes 8 servings

Who has time to let Chili simmer all day? Get the same slow-cooked flavor in this quick and easy 30-Minute recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Brown beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return beef to Dutch oven; sprinkle evenly with seasoning mix, and sauté 1 minute over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Stir in diced tomatoes and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.

Step 3

Italian-Style Chili: Substitute 1 lb. Italian pork sausage and 1 lb. lean ground beef for 2 lb. lean ground beef. Remove casings from sausage, and discard; brown sausage and ground beef together as directed. Omit beans, and stir in 1 small onion, diced; 1 green bell pepper, diced; 2 small zucchini, diced; and remaining ingredients. Proceed with recipe as directed. Serve chili over hot cooked spaghetti noodles tossed with olive oil and chopped fresh cilantro. Makes 6 to 8 servings. Prep: 10 min., Cook: 25 min.

Ratings & Reviews

Weeknight Rescue

May 22, 2015
Very easy and fast to put together. Although since I decided to sauté an onion before adding the ground beef, it really took me  an hour to put everything together. I also made the Chili Seasoning Mix with what I had on hand, leaving out the onion and garlic powder, adding those fresh ingredients to the chili instead.I was out of kidney beans so I used black beans and garbanzo beans. I was a little worried about the garbanzo flavor standing out, but after the simmer everything blended perfectly.This is a great recipe! I've made more elaborate chili recipes but there is no reason to go back. I think this will feed the two of us for a few nights in a row.I served over brown rice with cheddar cheese, greek yogurt, green onions and cornbread (Jiffy) on the side. Yum!

A good basic

April 04, 2016
So the first few times I made this recipe I used what I had on hand, it was so good that it became a staple dinner at my house. Substitutes were: instead of diced tomatoes with celery, green pepper and onion I used petite diced tomatoes. To make up for that I sauteed half an onion and a bell pepper while cooking the ground beef. I also only used 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce instead of 16oz that this recipe calls for and added in other seasonings like salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder (no particular measurements). It was great like this.However, I cooked it exactly as the recipe states the other night and was disappointed. It lacked the usual chili flavor and the tomato flavor overpowered everything else.I appreciate this recipe as it helped me find a great simple routine for chili, but I will keep making it the way I did when I didn't have the exact ingredients because it was much better.

elained07's Review

November 15, 2013

DaraHaley's Review

October 07, 2013
Love this recipe. I never liked chili before this recipe. My kids and husband Love it! And when friends hear I'm making it they help but come join us. Wouldn't try another recipe ever! I've alsoused ground turkey, no-one knows the difference. As well as just one pound of meat on those tight months.

jtravels's Review

April 26, 2013
Quick, easy delicious. Made it for a potluck and had no leftovers!

slditme's Review

January 24, 2013
My husband and I found this recipe yummy! I found it very easy to prepare...very few ingredients and just a couple of steps! Will make again

okigirl2013's Review

October 21, 2012
Quick, easy, and good tasting. I used rotel instead of the diced tomatoes.

kygirlingeorgia's Review

February 05, 2012
I'll admit that I am a chili snob. I made the chili seasoning mix - the companion recipe. It calls for two tablespoons of cumin and two tablespoons of sugar. The cumin over-powered the final product. Seemed to be all I tasted. I would suggest cutting that amount in half as well as the sugar. It was easy and quick.

seaside725's Review

October 12, 2011
Great recipe. Easy to make and very tasty. My family raved about it and asked that I keep making it. I followed the directions and after reading the other reviews, I also topped it with cheddar cheese and green onions. I made some rolls in the oven while this was cooking. Perfect week night meal.

Lisa0506's Review

March 13, 2010
This is already my family's favorite chili recipe. I have made it several times since I first tried it in December. I use 2 cans of rotel for the diced tomatoes - 1 mild & 1 mexican rotel. It gets a little too spicy when using the original rotel. I also use 2 cans of light red kidney beans instead. It tastes good with some beef sausage in it too. Best of all - it is so fast to make.