Easy Homemade Chili – 10 Minute Recipe

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  • This Easy Homemade Chili will warm even the chilliest of nights. It’s an easy weeknight dinner, but feels special enough for entertaining. This traditional chili is made with classic ingredients: ground beef, beans, seasonings and topped with fresh shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. It only takes 10 minutes to make and is packed full of flavor.
     
    easy homemade chili con carne served in a white bowl
     
    You know my passion for effortless entertaining, and currently, a quick and easy meal that everyone enjoys. Whether it be a tailgate, game day party, or fall outing this easy chili is one of the best dinners and doesn’t require a side dish! That makes this a win in my book.
     
    When you take a bite, you’d never know that this easy chili takes just 10 minutes hands on time to make. It’s even easier to serve! Click here for more 10 minute dinner recipes.

    To Make This Easy Homemade Chili, You Will Need:

    You just need a handful of ingredients to make the best quick chili!
    • Ground beef
    • Red bell pepper
    • Dried onion
    • Mexican chili beans
    • Water or beer
    • To serve: cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips
     
    Homemade chili in a pot ready to serve

    How to Make This Easy Homemade Chili

    This chili only takes 10 minutes to make!
    1. In a skillet, cook ground beef over medium high heat, adding red pepper and dried onion.
    2. When nearly cooked, add chili beans. Continue to stir and reduce to medium low heat. We tend to like ours thicker, but you can add ¼ c water or up to a bottle of hoppy beer if you wish.
    3. While the meat is cooking, shred cheddar {it’s so much better than pre-shredded, I promise.}
    4. Top with sour cream, cheese and chips.

    Recipe Variations

    If you prefer your chili with a soup consistency, just add a 12 ounce bottle of beer in place of the water. The hoppier, the better, like an IPA.
     
    Close up of the dish ready to serve in a pot

    A Quick Chili Con Carne Recipe 

    I personally was never a big chili fan until a few years ago – until I found the perfect  mix of seasoning, beef, beans, creme fraiche {or sour cream}, fresh shredded cheddar and chips to make it the perfect fall or winter dinner. So many chili con carne recipes call for long cook times, but my quick chili results in the same rich taste in a fraction of the time.

    What Should You Top Homemade Chili With?

    I like to serve my chili with sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips, but you can add a host of other ingredients like:

    I also highly recommending taking a minute or two to freshly shred your cheddar cheese. It makes all the difference in the world because shredded cheddar tends to be dry and doesn’t melt as well. This makes it rich and creamy!

    Serve it up with my Cornbread Muffins for a real treat!

    Quick chili in a bowl with cheese and sour cream

    This Homemade Quick Chili Is The Perfect Make Ahead Meal

    As if this recipe couldn’t get any better, this quick chili is perfect for meal prep and I’ll often cook a double batch. Once it has cooled to room temperature, store it in an air tight container and keep it in the fridge, it will keep for about 4 days and you just need to reheat it on the stove top or microwave.

    Homemade chili con carne also freezes really well, again let it cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container. Thaw it in the fridge overnight or at room temperature a few hours before reheating.

    Close up of a spoon in a bowl of chili

    Top Tips To Make This Easy Homemade Chili 10 Minute Recipe

    • This recipe is easily doubled, so be sure to make a big batch for easy meal prep.
    • Feel free to add in any extra veggies you need to use up in the fridge, mushrooms work really well!
    • Use organic, grass fed beef if you can.
    • Serve to the table with all of your favorite toppings.

    A tortilla chip scooping up the quick chili

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    10 Minute Chili

    This Easy Chili will warm even the chilliest of nights. It's an easy weeknight dinner, but feels special enough for entertaining. This traditional chili is made with classic ingredients: ground beef, beans, seasonings and topped with fresh shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
    5 from 1 vote
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    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 2 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 12 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 510kcal

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 teaspoon red pepper
    • 1 tablespoon dried onion
    • 1 can Mexican chili beans
    • water or beer
    • 4 ounces cheddar cheese
    • sour cream crema or creme fraiche
    • chips

    Instructions

    • In a skillet, cook ground beef over medium high heat, adding red pepper and dried onion.
    • When nearly cooked, add chili beans. Continue to stir and reduce to medium low heat. We tend to like ours thicker, but you can add ¼ c water or up to a bottle of hoppy beer if you wish.
    • While the meat is cooking, shred cheddar - it's so much better than pre-shredded, I promise.
    • Top with sour cream, cheese and chips.

    Notes

    • This recipe is easily doubled, so be sure to make a big batch for easy meal prep.
    • Feel free to add in any extra veggies you need to use up in the fridge, mushrooms work really well!
    • Use organic, grass fed beef if you can.
    • Serve to the table with all of your favorite toppings.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1022mg | Potassium: 832mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 4.4mg
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