Chili is one of those dishes known for being a labor of love. If I am home for the day, I love dishes such as these. The chopping, seasoning and slow simmering feels like the best way to cuddle up. Chili is also a very versatile dish that’s nice to have around during the week. It’s great on top of baked potatoes, nachos, hot dogs (See my Hot Dog Chili Recipe!), and it’s great on it’s own. This super easy 5 ingredient chili is the kind of chili you make on a Monday. You can then use those other ideas to serve it again later in the week. Work smarter not harder my friends!
How To Make Easy Chili
Cooking is as much about technique as it is about seasoning. I could easily make you a quick spaghetti sauce and you’d probably love it. If I put it up against one I slow simmered all day, you’ll easily taste the difference. The longer you simmer something, the more concentrated the flavor becomes. You don’t just taste individual ingredients anymore. You taste a homogeneous dish that is something all it’s own. The meat is more tender and the flavor is more developed. This is true with Chili. This is why the 3 cooking methods I give you for this require that you pressure cook, slow cook, or slow simmer. These three cooking methods will develop flavor every single time. If you’re super short on time, I highly recommend the Instant Pot or another pressure cooker like it. This chili is on the table in about 20 minutes if you go this route.
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Super Easy 5 Ingredient Chili
Super Easy 5 Ingredient Chili is a recipe for chili where you can enjoy big flavor without a lot of individual spices and chopping. By using some help from the grocery store, you get a flavorful chili on the table fast.
- 1 Packet Chili Mix I like Stonemill from Aldi. McCormick brand also makes a good one.
- 14 ounces Diced Tomatoes Replace with Rotel or Tomatoes with green chilis for extra spice.
- 1/2 cup Water
- 14 ounces Chili Beans These are beans that are flavored for chili. I use Dakota brand from Aldi . Bush brand also makes them.
- 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
- 1 medium Onion Finely Chopped
Instant Pot Instructions (Or other Electric Pressure Cooker)
Brown the ground beef and onions on the saute setting. Salt and pepper generously.
When the beef is brown and the onions are translucent, pour in the tomatoes, water, chili beans and seasoning packet.
Stir everything together and set the vent to sealing.
Cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes. Allow the pot to natural release for 5 minutes. Release the rest of the steam and serve.
Slow Cooker Instructions
Brown the beef and onions on the stove. Generously season with salt and pepper.
In the insert of a slow cooker add in the beef, onions, tomatoes, water, and seasoning packet. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Stove Top Instructions
Brown the ground beef and onion in large dutch oven. Generously season with salt and pepper.
Pour in the tomatoes, water and seasoning packet. Cook on low for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to concentrate and come together.
The base of this recipe is 5 ingredients (I don't count water, salt or pepper as an ingredient). The garnishes are of course extra. Here are some suggested garnishes:
Sour cream, Greek Yogurt mixed with cilantro and the zest and juice of a lime for a yummy crema, cheese, avocado, scallions and tortilla chips.
If you love Chili- check out my other Chili Recipes!
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