Often times, the things standing between you and a home-cooked meal are a daunting list of ingredients (half of which you don't have on hand), extensive prep time, and a painful clean-up process.
That's why I'm a big fan of simple, one-pot meals like this Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe and the recipe below for stovetop chili. This chili is one of the easiest of the bunch, with its minimal ingredients list, low level of cooking skill required, and speedy clean-up.
There are certainly fancier ways to make chili, but this one is so easy you'll actually bother to make it (and that's what matters, right?).
Not only is this chili extremely easy to make and delicious, it's actually great for anyone trying to make changes to their body. It's fairly low calorie, meaning you get to eat a ton, it has just the right amount of fat and fiber to keep you full until your next meal, and it's packed with protein to support muscle gains. The following nutrition content is calculated using 93% lean ground beef.
Serving Size – 2 Cups
Calories – 405
Fat – 14g
Fiber – 9g
Sugar – 7g
Protein – 40g
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 (15 oz) cans light red kidney beans (or one can each of black and kidney beans)
- 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 of a large onion)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic (optional)
- 2 packets store-bought chili seasoning (bachelor method)
- Mix up a double batch of this great chili seasoning (reduce or increase cayenne depending on your heat preference)
Recipe yields approximately 12 cups (6 servings).
Preparing Stovetop Chili
(Total Time: Prep: 5 minutes, Cook: 40 minutes+)
1. In a large stock pot, cook diced onions and minced garlic in olive oil over medium-low heat for a couple minutes.
2. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Lightly season meat with a little sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, if you'd like.
3. Add beans, tomatoes, and seasoning to the pot and stir. No need to drain the liquid.
4. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours to better develop flavor, stirring occasionally.
Tips and Modifications
– You can substitute ground turkey to bring the cost down. Add a little more seasoning to the meat as it's cooking when using ground poultry to pump up the flavor.
– For a more luxurious meal, you can substitute ground steak or bison.
– Great topping choices include cheddar or monterey jack cheese, sour cream, chopped red or green onion, hot sauce, and/or chopped jalapeños (depending on how much heat you like).
– If you're a skinny guy looking to gain weight, enjoy this with a side of cornbread, saltines, or oyster crackers.
– To sneak in extra veggies, add green and multi-colored bell peppers.
– For extra thick chili, puree or mash one can of beans with its juices before adding to the pot.
– Before opening the beans, shake the can to de-clump beans from the bottom.
– If you feel compelled to drain and rinse the beans, be sure to replace the liquid with an equal amount of water.