Super Simple Classic Chili

It’s that time of year – it’s soup time.  It snowed the other night so the kids are basically ready to put up the Christmas tree.  I am just ready to indulge in some warm and cozy food.  The only problem is our schedule doesn’t slow down this time of year, it only speeds up!  Anyone else?  Enter this delicious and super simple chili recipe.  It’s perfect for a chilly weeknight and it makes enough for leftovers!

Let’s cook the Simple Classic Chili, shall we?


I 28 oz Can Diced Tomatoes. **Do not drain**

1 15 oz Can Tomato Sauce

1 15.5 oz Can Light Red Kidney Beans. **Drain & Rinse**

1 15.5 oz Can Dark Red Kidney Beans. **Drain & Rinse**

1 White Onion

1 Green Pepper **optional**

1 lb 90% Thawed Lean Ground Beef

3 Tablespoons Chili Powder

1 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper

2 Cups Water

Preparation & Directions for this Simple Classic Chili Recipe-

Place 1 TBSP of butter in a large stockpot and let melt.  Then, add in the chopped green pepper and let cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add in the chopped white onion until soft and translucent, on average another 3-5 minutes.

Add in the lean ground beef and break apart.  My favorite way to break apart ground beef is with this tool.  Get one for yourself here, you’ll never go back to a fork again.  Stir often until meat is fully cooked through, about 6-7 minutes.

While the meat is cooking, drain the 2 cans of beans and rinse.  When the meat is cooked through, dump in the drained and rinsed beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (do not drain), 3 T. chili powder, 1 t. salt, 1/2 t. pepper and 2 cups of water.  Stir together and bring the chili to a boil.  Stirring occasionally.

Once the chili starts to boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer uncovered on the stovetop for 20-25 minutes.

It’s Time to Accessorize the Simple Classic Chili Recipe –

This is my kids favorite part.  They can choose their own adventure and add the toppings they like to the top.  We like to top it with shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips or crackers.  You could also add hot sauce or garnish with jalapenos too!

What do you serve with this simple classic chili?

We love to serve our chili with cornbread.  My favorite simple cornbread is the Jiffy brand.  My kids love to mix it up themselves.

Sometimes, if I am feeling extra generous I’ll serve this simple classic chili with cinnamon rolls.  I know cinnamon rolls seem odd but growing up whenever they served chili at school, it was always served with a cinnamon roll so its nostalgic for me.  Did you grow up eating cinnamon rolls with chili?

Now, what’s for dessert?  Try these –

Simple Magic Layer Bars

Simple Apple Nachos

No-Bake Simple Oreo Pie


Need help with meal planning?  

I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.



So Simple, Right?

This dish is perfect for a crowd or a quick night dinner at home.  Just one pot to clean-up so dishes are done in a snap and you are on to your next activity.  Hopefully, it’s snuggling up on the couch with your favorite people.  Happy fall y’all and happy cooking!

Need a few cooking accessories?  These are my favorites for chili!


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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