Once the weather cools off, one of my all time favorite things to make is a big pot of chili. As a little ol single girl, it’s nice to also have great one pot meals that I can easily freeze. This makes it ideal so I can have a hot meal any night of the week. Just pull it out of the freezer and microwave for a few minutes. And voila, easy homemade meal. For me, the second I felt a little chill in the air, well honestly, the second it just stopped being smoldering hot, I ran straight to the grocery store to grab all the ingredients to make this delicious and hearty chili recipe. The thing I love about this easy chili recipe is exactly that, it’s so easy!
Honestly, it’s quite simple to make and you can easily switch up some things. You can add in your favorite flavors where you see fit and remove some things that aren’t your favorite. I adapted this recipe from here and have made a few changes as I’ve been making this for a few years now. I like to top it with a little shredded cheese, jalapeños and Frito’s. Let’s be honest, the crunch makes it folks! Scroll down to get the full recipe!
This one pot meal is great for serving up to your family this fall and winter. Make a big salad to serve alongside with it and you’ve got a super hearty meal in a pinch. What’s your favorite thing to top your chili with?
Easy Chili Recipe
- 4 Slices of bacon diced
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 2 medium onions finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 pound of ground turkey or chicken
- 1 cup of beer
- 1 15 oz can of kidney beans
- 1 15 oz can of black beans
- 1 24 oz can of crushed tomato
- 1 24 oz can of diced tomato
- In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until brown stirring occasionally.
- Once cooked, add in onions, garlic, peppers and all the spices. Sauté until tender.
- Add beef and turkey and break it up so it can brown.
- Once cooked, add in beans, tomatoes and beer.
- Cover and simmer for about one and a half hours.
- I recommend using the biggest pot you have. If you want, you can take out the onions, peppers and bacon once cooked, and then brown the meat. It'll allow more surface area to cook and brown versus steaming since the pot will be quite full already.
- You can also use whatever meat you like, I like the combination of beef and turkey so it isn't too fatty. You can also make this vegetarian by using tofu crumbles.