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Incredible chili in 20 minutes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Make this quick and easy chili with leftovers, and feel free to modify it completely. Chili is the perfect customizable food.

Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, spanish
Keyword: chili, chili con carne
Servings: 6 to 8 portions
  • 2 cans red kidney beans , 1080 ml or 38 fl oz
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.8 kg or 1.76 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp Franks hot sauce or other mild hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup cilantro , roughly chopped
  • 1/2 chili pepper chopped
  • sour cream, optional
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  1. Place a pot on the stove, heat to medium and add the beans and tomato sauce, and stir.

  2. Place a medium size stainless steel pan on the stove, set to medium heat and add the oil.

  3. Once the oil is hot, add the ground beef and break it apart with a spoon to create a layer of ground beef on the bottom of the pan.

  4. Cook the ground beef until it starts to brown, use the spoon to continue breaking the ground beef apart into smaller pieces.

  5. It should start browning after about 7 minutes, give or take.

  6. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, cumin, chili powder, chili flakes, hot sauce, wine, and stir to make sure the ground beef is coated in the spices. Let cook for another 2 minutes.

  7. Transfer the cooked ground beef mixture to the pot with the beans and tomato sauce.

  8. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  9. Turn off the heat and mix in the cilantro and chopped chili peppers.

  10. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheddar cheese for a little freshness. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The recipes is completely customizable, here are some ideas:

  • You can cook up some beans or use canned like we did to get dinner on the table quickly
  • You can use white kidney beans or other favourite beans instead of the red kidney beans.
  • We used left over tomato sauce from our Nonna-approved tomato sauce recipe, but feel free to use your own or even a favourite jarred sauce.
  • We used ground beef, but you can use ground pork or ground turkey instead. If you prefer a meatless version, just skip the meat browning steps. Add all ingredients to the pot with the beans and tomato sauce, and cook for the same amount of time.
  • Change up the heat/spice level based on your personal heat tolerance. Add or reduce chili flakes, chili peppers and hot sauce.
  • Hate cilantro? No problem! Substitute with fresh parsley or leave it out all together.


The ground beef may seem a little salty, but don't worry because you won't be adding anymore salt to the pot with the beans and tomato sauce. If you're concerned, leave out some of the salt and then adjust at the end.