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19 November 2018

This post is sponsored by Red Gold® Tomatoes and SheKnows Media.

A recipe for chili that is so easy, you’ll have family dinner on the table with hardly any effort. It’s perfect for cooler weather and busy schedules – with just the right amount of spicy.

Chili is on the menu tonight, my friends, because the weather is turning nice and cool and chili is always PERFECT for this time of year. We’re also slammed here lately, as I know you all are, so I’ve made this Chili recipe as easy as possible so that you can fit into your busy family schedules. I’m working with Red Gold Tomatoes to make this happen.

Red Gold Tomatoes for my Chili

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Let’s talk about how we make the chili recipe, shall we?

How to Make the Easiest Chili in the World – The Recipe Method

First, heat up a large pot to medium heat and add a bit of olive oil. Add some ground beef or ground turkey along with peppers and onions and cook them down about 5 minutes or so, until the beef is mostly cooked through and the peppers and onions have softened up.

Ground turkey, peppers and onions in a pot

Stir in some garlic, hot chili beans and your Red Gold® Tomatoes. I’m using the Red Gold Diced Tomatoes Chili Ready for this recipe. No chopping! Extra seasonings!

Adding the tomatoes to my pot of chili

They’re not only great for quick chili, but they also add an extra pop of flavor to other easy recipes, like casseroles or baked chicken.

Next, swirl in your chili powders and seasoning mixture – more on that below – and set the mixture to low heat. Let the chili simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

A big pot of spicy red chili

That’s it! Walk away!

It doesn’t get any easier than this.

When you’re ready to serve, give the pot of chili a stir.

Stirring the chili

Scoop it into bowls, then top it with your favorite fixings, like shredded cheese, crackers, chili pepper slices, fresh herbs, whatever else you love on your chili. Maybe some hot sauce!

A finished bowl of chili, ready and waiting for you to eat it

I truly love an easy, easy recipe. This was the easiest.

The only downside of this recipe is how the entire house smells like chili cooking, wafting through the air, driving me (and everyone else) insane with hunger. The whole family will be waiting with anticipation.

You’ll just have to deal with it! Upside? You’ve just made for yourself a good hour of family time while the chili simmers away.


Can I Make This Recipe in a Slow Cooker?

Absolutely! Follow the recipe, but first cook down the peppers and onions with your ground meat in some oil in a pan first, then simply transfer the mixture along with the remaining ingredients to a slow cooker.

Give it all a swirl and let it cook low and slow for at least 2 hours on low, or until the flavors meld to your liking. You can let it cook longer.

BOOM! So easy!

About the Chili Seasonings

I have a LOT of seasonings in my house, for obvious reasons, so I like to use a combination of red chili powder, ancho and morita chili powders for my chili, along with a bit of cumin, and salt and pepper.

However, feel free to use your favorite red chili powder or blend. The choice is yours.

Recipe Notes and Variations

This recipe works great with either ground beef or turkey, depending on your preference, but I’ve made this also with ground pork, ground chicken, and even ground sausage. It is SUPER versatile.

Also, feel free to vary up the beans. Most people use pinto beans for their chili, but I love large butter beans and will often toss those in for some visual and flavor variety.

I just crave them. Go crazy with beans!

Adjusting the Heat and Spice Factor

I used a couple jalapeno peppers along with some extra spicy chili flakes to add to the spiciness and heat of the chili powders. You can tamp down the heat by using bell peppers instead and omitting the spicy chili flakes. You’ll still get plenty of heat from the seasonings.

If you’re looking to up the heat factor, use spicier peppers and extra chili flakes. Serranos, anyone? Yes!

That’s it, my friends! Time to get cooking! I hope you enjoy your super easy chili!

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A finished bowl of chili, with sliced jalapenos, chopped herbs and crumbly white cheese on top

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If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H

A bowl full of my recipe, The Easiest Chili Recipe in the World
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The Easiest Chili Recipe in the World (Easy Chili)

A recipe for chili that is so easy, you’ll have family dinner on the table with hardly any effort. It’s perfect for cooler weather and busy schedules - with just the right amount of spicy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Simmering Time45 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, spicy
Servings: 6
Calories: 289kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey I used ground turkey for this recipe
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans Red Gold Diced Tomatoes Chili Ready
  • 2 15 ounce cans hot chili beans
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon morita chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a large pot to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  • Add the ground meat, onion and jalapenos. Cook them down about 5 minutes, until the meat browns and the onion and peppers soften up.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir everything together. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer at least 45 minutes.
  • Adjust for salt and pepper and serve into bowls. Top with your favorite fixings.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1329mg | Potassium: 1246mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1435IU | Vitamin C: 22.5mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 5.5mg