Chilly Weather Chili

This recipe just calls for onion, garlic, and ground beef and a handful of cans from in the pantry making it a super simple last minute meal.


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Chilly weather chili

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


My grandma always taught me to keep certain ingredients on hand for last minute meals, #1 was always an onion, #2 was garlic and #3 was ground beef so that you can easily whip together a few quick meal options (pasta sauce, etc). This recipe calls for those 3 essentials and a handful of cans from in the pantry. I always keep these basics on hand, so I can be ready to whip up this chili in a pinch on a chilly fall day.


  • 11 1/2 lbs of lean ground beef  (or you could use beyond beef if you prefer)
  • 2 cans Rotel chopped tomato with green chili (we use original, but if you like spice, this a great way to kick it up a notch by using the “spicy” version)
  • a 14 oz can chopped tomato 
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can pinto beans 
  • 4 cloves garlic (or 4 dorot garlic) 
  • 3 T chili powder
  • Olive Oil

Optional Toppings:

  • Shredded Cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend, whichever you prefer!)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped Green Onion
  • Tortilla chips 


  1. Splash 2 tablespoons of Olive oil into a hot pan and simmer the diced onion until it starts to become clear
  2. Add 1-1.5 lbs of ground beef and stir in a pan on medium until the meat is brown
  3. Add garlic and combine it with the beef for a minute until aromatic
  4. Add 3 Tbs of Chili powder and mix together.
  5. Toss all the canned ingredients in together (including the water with the beans if you have time to cook it down). If you’re in a rush to serve quickly or you want a thicker/heartier chili, drain the beans before adding to the pan.
  6. Simmer together for about 15 minutes, or more if you have the time to let the flavors blend
  7. Serve in bowls with a handful of shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a spoonful of green onion. We also crunch up some tortilla chips on the top to add a bit of crunch.

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