Monday, October 23, 2017

5-Ingredient Lazy Day Chili

This thick and hearty chili comes together in just 15 minutes, using only 5 ingredients. Truly one of our favorite chili recipes ever it is perfect for winter or fall, spring or even summer barbecuing. Any recipe that tastes this good and can be put together on a lazy day is a keeper in my book!

One of my favorite cooking methods is working with what I have on hand and finding inspiration in my pantry.  Actually pantry cooking has resulted in some of the most delicious recipes I have ever created and this was one of them.
We love soups, stews and chilis so much there is an entire chapter dedicated to them in our new cookbook The Simple Kitchen. It is loaded with more than 75 BRAND NEW recipes and a hand full of favorites too. 8 chapters with a total of 82 quick and easy recipes that are bursting with flavor!!!

Every recipe has a photo that will make your mouth water. It has Perfectly Slow Cooked, One-Pot Wonders, Dinner in a Snap!, Deliciously Simple Desserts and more!!! 

I injured my knee at the beginning of January and I was laid up on the couch for a week. I only had Chad running to the store for staples (like milk and bread). After about a week of fast food and dry cereal I decided I had enough and I was going to cook something, so I grabbed some cooked ground beef out of the freezer and headed for the pantry to find some dinner inspiration.  I keep my pantry pretty well stocked for occasions exactly like this.

After surveying the pantry the beans caught my eye and I decided I would whip up a chili. Beef, beans, tomatoes, jalapenos and some crushed red pepper. Just a few minutes later I had the most scrumptious chili.  I still can't believe how delicious it was. So, I tried the recipe again and again. Feeding it to friends and family.

Everyone raved about it and no one believed it was so quick to make.

Eventually I settled on fresh ground beef because you don't always have cooked ground beef on hand, but if you have it cooked already you can whip this up fabulous recipe in just about 7 minutes.

Good pantry cooking really comes down to choosing your ingredients well. Fire roasted tomatoes and chili beans give this chili an incredible slow cooked flavor and the peppers give it a little kick (not too much). Your friends and family will never believe you whipped this up in just 15 minutes.


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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5 Ingredient Lazy Day Chili
SERVES 8 Cups  |  ACTIVE TIME 10 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 15 Min

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 (14.5 ounce) cans fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Garlic
2 (15.5 ounce) cans chili Beans (I used S&W)
1 (7 ounce) can diced green chiles or 1/2 can (4 ounce) diced jalapenos
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (to taste)

In a large (4 quart) saucepan over medium high heat, cook beef.  Break beef up with a wooden spoon.  Cook until cooked through, stirring occasionally.  Add tomatoes, beans, jalapenos and crushed red pepper flakes (to taste - less for mild, more for hot).  Stir.  Simmer 5 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES:  I love to whip this up with ground beef I have precooked and also it is great with left over burgers. Just break them up and add them in.

Prepare ground beef ahead for easy lazy day dinners. Buy ground beef and precook it. Then portion it out and pop it in the freezer for easy pantry meals like this one. Replace the cooked beef 12 ounces cooked beef replaces 1 pound uncooked beef in a recipe.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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  1. Hope your knee has healed completely!! It is no fun being on the injured list!

    I love recipes like this....Quick, Easy and I'm sure Delicious!! Pinned it!!

  2. You had me at "5 ingredients" how can you not love simple recipes! Pinning for later!

  3. This is a good chili, however, nothing new, my mother made it the same way 70 years.

    1. Then with a quick recipe like this, she had plenty of time to teach you "If you can't say something nice. Say NOTHING at all!".

  4. Are the beans drained and rinsed for this recipe?

    1. No you dont drain or rinse them, it helps with tje flavor.

  5. Great easy recipe when one is in a hurry to get dinner on the table!


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