Easy Chili Recipe

Easy ChiliFall has been slow to arrive here, but I had to give in and just start making my fall favorites anyway! Chili is one of my favorite fall and winter meals. Nothing warms you up form the inside-out like a bowl of chili! My kids actually love chili. I know a lot of kids don’t like beans and prefer things not all mixed together. When Roo asked about what was in the chili early on, I told him “magic beans” and he’s been good with it ever since. Who said a little white lie is a bad thing? ;)

I have to admit, I don’t follow much of a recipe. My chili usually varies depending on what I remember to get at the store and what I already have in the house.  And I rarely, if ever, measure anything going in my chili. But I made an effort the last time I made it to write down what I used so I could share my easy chili recipe with you!

Easy Chili
Serves 10
An easy chili recipe that can be adapted to feed a family or a crowd.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
188 calories
5 g
56 g
11 g
16 g
4 g
104 g
82 g
4 g
1 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
104g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 188
Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 56mg
19%
Sodium 82mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
30%
Calcium
3%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs ground beef
  2. 1/2 onion, diced
  3. 2 cans chili beans, not drained
  4. 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  5. 1 can light kidney beans, drained
  6. 1 can dark kidney beans, drained
  7. 2 cans diced tomatoes, chili style
  8. 1 can tomato sauce
  9. 1/2 bag frozen corn
  10. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  11. 2 tablespoons chili seasoning (OR 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder and a 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder)
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef with the diced onion. Drain the fat and add to the crockpot. Add the beans, tomatoes, corn, brown sugar, tomato sauce, and seasoning to the crockpot and stir well. If the chili seems too chunky, you can add some water. I usually don't add more than 1/2 to 1 can of water, using one of the tomato cans. Cook on low in the crockpot for 4 -6 hours.
Notes
  1. This recipe is not very spicy at all, as my kids won't do spicy yet. I use a mild chili seasoning I got from a friend who sells Tastefully Simply. If you are using the chili powder you can vary the heat. Since the adults at our house like it a little spicier, we use a little Tabasco sauce or some red pepper flakes to spice it up, We also usually serve our chili with some shredded cheddar and a good dollop of sour cream. My favorite side with chili is cornbread.
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calories
188
fat
11g
protein
16g
carbs
5g
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On to my menu! Last week of football for my little Roo, and last week of the regular season for The Coach.  Hallelujah! Life will soon slow down at least a bit! This week will still be a bit busy, with a parents vs. kids flag football game for Roo’s team on Tuesday, game day for The Coach on Friday, and a big end of the season football bowl for Roo all day Saturday. But we’re almost there! I’ll be linking up on I’m an Organizing Junkie if you’re looking for more meal planning ideas! I also often link up at Feeding BigPiggy in Polka DotsWednesday ExtravaganzaMarvelous Mondays, and Wonderful Food Wednesday. Or check out and follow my Yummy board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my post on meal planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfasts (we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)
• Cereal
• Granola bars and yogurt
• Pancakes
• Cream of Wheat or oatmeal
• Toast or English Muffins
• Breakfast sliders
• Banana smoothies

Lunches (see this post for Peanut Free lunch ideas!)

• Roo: Monday – Lunchable; Tuesday – Bento lunch (check out my Instagram feed – I often post pics of my fun kiddo lunches there!); Wednesday – School lunch; Thursday – PB&J; Friday – Schhol lunch
• Monkey: Monday – Lunchable; Tuesday – Bento lunch; Wednesday – School lunch; Thursday – School lunch; Friday – SpaghettiO’s
• Me: Monday – leftovers; Tuesday – leftovers; Wednesday – leftovers; Thursday – leftovers; Friday – leftovers or Sandwich

Dinners

• Monday – Tacos, chips and salsa
• Tuesday – Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
• Wednesday – Breakfast for dinner
• Thursday – Soup and grilled cheese, fruit
• Friday – Game night
• Saturday – Tuna Casserole, salad
• Sunday – Chili, cornbread

 What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!

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