Quick Chili with Beans Recipe for Busy Weeknights

Quick Chili with Beans Recipe for Busy Weeknights

Don't stress about dinner any longer - whip up a delicious and easy chili with beans using this simple recipe! Save time and enjoy a delicious meal tonight.

For a delicious dinner in no time at all, try this easy chili with beans recipe. With only a few ingredients, you can have a hearty and comforting meal ready to eat in as little as 30 minutes.

Gather All of Your Ingredients.

To make your easy chili with beans, you'll need ground beef or turkey, onion, garlic cloves, canned diced tomatoes, canned beans (such as kidney beans), tomato sauce, chili powder, and cumin. Make sure to have all the ingredients from your grocery list prepped and ready to go before you begin cooking your chili.

To make your chili extra flavorful, it's helpful to brown the ground beef or turkey before adding in the other ingredients. Heat some oil in a large pot and add in the onions and garlic; cook until they begin to soften. Add the ground meat and cook until it is no longer pink. Then add in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, and beans; stir everything together until combined. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or more to allow all of the flavors to come together. Serve your chili with tortilla chips or shredded cheese and enjoy!

Sauté the Onions and Garlic.

Begin by heating a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 3-4 minutes until both ingredients have softened. Next, add the ground beef or turkey to the pan and cook until it's browned. Drain any excess grease from the pan before adding the remaining ingredients.

After the beef or turkey has cooked, add the can of diced tomatoes, the chili powder, cumin, oregano, cocoa powder and the red pepper flakes to the pan. Stir these ingredients until fully combined and then add in both cans of beans. Let all ingredients simmer for about 10 minutes over low heat before serving. To finish off your chili with beans, top with your favorite garnishes like chopped green onions, jalapenos or grated cheese. Enjoy!

Add Canned Tomatoes, Chili Powder, and Other Spices.

Add in a 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes and their liquid. Stir in two tablespoons of chili powder, one teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Finally, add one cup of canned kidney beans (drained) to the pot and stir until all ingredients are combined. Simmer over medium heat until all ingredients are combined and heated through. The beans may seem crunchy at first, but the soup will thicken and soften the chunks as the liquid boils. When finished, reduce to low heat and taste for seasonings. Add more spices or salt if desired. Serve with desired toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions, or hot sauce. Enjoy!

Simmer and Add the Beans.

Bring the chili to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Then, partially cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Make sure to stir

occasionally so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot. After 15 minutes, add in one cup of canned kidney beans (drained) and stir until all ingredients are combined. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes, or until desired consistency.
Adding beans to chili is an easy way to create a more nutritionally balanced meal. Not only do the beans add flavor and texture, they also provide plant-based protein and dietary fiber. Additionally, because the recipe calls for canned beans, it is incredibly convenient and fast. Just be sure to drain them before adding to the pot as this will help keep unwanted sodium levels down. Finally, remember that you can use any type of canned bean: pinto, black, etc., that you like. The possibilities are endless!

Serve and Enjoy!

Serve the chili with sour cream, shredded cheese, or chopped green onions if desired. Enjoy as is, or pair with a side of rice, cornbread or fries for a complete meal. If you have leftovers, let the chili cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It can also be frozen for up to 90 days.

This hearty, flavorful chili with beans is the perfect addition to your weeknight dinner rotation. It's easy to assemble and comes together in about 30 minutes. You can customize it by adding spices, topping it off with shredded cheese or sour cream or even throwing in 'extras' such as fresh chilies, frozen corn, diced red peppers or browned ground beef. Whatever you choose to add - the chili will be delicious and definitely bring some serious comfort food vibes to your dinner table!

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