Easy & Quick Chili Recipe

Easy & Quick Chili recipe

This Easy & Quick Chili recipe is perfect to serve on a cool and busy fall night.

Or any night when you don’t have time to cook.

This trim& TERRIFIC® recipe comes my friend and contributor’s, Holly Clegg’s cookbook, Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence.

She loves serving it after a busy night of trick or treating on Halloween. But I think this wholesome chili recipe is perfect any time you want a hearty meal.

Chili is also perfect for entertaining. Just double the batch and keep it warm in your slow cooker.

You can find more of Holly Clegg’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at The Healthy Cooking Blog.

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Satisfy a crowd with Easy & Quick Chili

With Halloween coming up, sure candy is on the minds of little ones. But there’s more to this fun filled night than just sugar-loaded snacks.

Even though this Halloween recipe focuses on the children, there are always adults around.

And all of that trick-or-treating can really make a crowd hungry!

A simmering pot of hearty chili on the stove is a satisfying economical dinner that not only feeds a crowd, but also this one-pot meal leaves little cleanup.

And not much else hits the spot on a crisp fall evening than a big bowl of Easy & Quick Chili.

It’s full of flavor and oh-so-simple to whip up!

Not enough bowls to go around? Don’t worry! Pull out mugs for easy entertaining.

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Tips for making Easy & Quick Chili

Gluten free?

If you’re gluten free, make sure you use a gluten free low sodium, chicken broth. My favorite is Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth.

Can I cook this chili in my crock-pot?

Yes, you can cook this quick chili recipe in your slow cooker. 

For easy crock-pot cleanup, use slow cooker liners. They’re WONDERFUL.

Now that I use them, I no longer have to soak my crock-pot overnight and scrub it using Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and a scouring pad.

How to serve this easy chili

Serve this Easy & Quick Chili recipe with chopped red onions, avocado, and shredded reduced-fat cheese.

Can I use another ground meat? 

Sure! A cheaper and delicious alternative to lean ground sirloin is lean ground turkey.

Ground chicken is good, too.

More awesome recipes from Holly Clegg

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Blueberry Muffin Streusel Cake

Hot Crab Spinach Dip

Ahi Tuna Tacos

Easy Oven Baked Salmon


Easy & Quick Chili Recipe

Easy & Quick Chili Recipe

A healthy, quick, and easy chili recipe. Perfect for fall entertaining, this easy chili recipe comes with a slow cooker option.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Additional Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 21 minutes


  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can low sodium, chicken stock
  • 1 10.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed


To cook easy and quick chili on the stovetop

  1. In a large nonstick pot, cook meat and onion until done; drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, and cook over low heat about 10 minutes.

To cook easy and quick chili in a slow cooker

  1. Cook ground sirloin and onion in a large skillet until done.
  2. Then add the cooked ground sirloin and the rest of the ingredients to your slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 759mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 11gSugar: 9gProtein: 34g

Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 vegetable, 4 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Originally posted October 23, 2012. Updated with new pictures and information.

Easy & Quick Chili Recipe

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