Fast and Easy Healthy 20-Minute Chili Recipe


Fast and Easy Healthy 20-Minute Chili Recipe |

Looking for a quick and delicious chili recipe? This Healthy 20-Minute Chili Recipe is a go-to quick and easy dinner, tailgating, or game day recipe. It’s also a Halloween night tradition.

Fall and winter seasons demand a good pot of steaming and hearty chili to ward off the blustery seasonal days — or to celebrate your favorite team at a tailgate party.

And while I love to make chili with dry beans and simmer it for hours, sometimes you need dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. This recipe is a perfect fit without sacrificing flavor that time can bring.

According to the Huffington Post, beans are a modern day superfood. Here are:

11 Health Benefits of Beans:

1. Heart Helpers — they contain an abundance of soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

2. Low in Fat — Most beans are about 2 to 3 percent fat, and contain no cholesterol.

3. Pack Protein — About 1/2 cup of beans provides 7 grams of protein, the same amount as in 1 ounce of chicken, meat or fish.

4. Balance Blood Sugar — With a low glycemic index, beans are digested slowly, which helps keep blood glucose stable, and may curtail fatigue and irritability.

5. Cut Cancer Risk — Scientists recommend that adults consume 3 cups of beans per week to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, like cancer.

6. Moving — Filled with fiber, beans can promote regularity by preventing constipation. To maximize your meal, be sure to accompany high-fiber foods with ample fluids.

7. Satisfy — Because beans are metabolized more slowly than other complex carbs, they may aid in weight loss by keeping us feeling full.

8. Convenient — Canned, frozen or dry, beans are a breeze to purchase, prepare, and store. They even come in flour form.

9. Budget Friendly — Beans can are the least expensive source of protein, especially when compared to fresh meat.

10. Nutrient Rich — Aside from protein, complex carbs and fiber, beans contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.

11. Versatile — They can be incorporated into a main dish (chili), side dish (rice and beans), appetizer (soup) or snack (dip).

Fast and Easy Healthy 20-Minute Chili Recipe


1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
green pepper, chopped
red pepper, chopped
jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (or to taste)
2 (15-ounce) cans of beans, drained (kidney and black beans)
1 (15-ounce) can S&W Chili Beans, undrained
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
4 tomatoes, chopped and divided
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce

Garnish Ideas:

• Chopped Tomatoes
• Shredded Cheese
• Light Sour Cream
• Cilantro
• Scallions


Brown ground beef, onion, garlic, and peppers in a dutch oven over medium heat, 6-8 minutes or until beef is cooked and vegetables are tender.

To the beef and vegetables, add chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes until spices are fragrant.

Add canned beans, corn, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and the chili has thickened.

Serve With: Skillet Corn Bread

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

2 thoughts on “Fast and Easy Healthy 20-Minute Chili Recipe

  1. Carolyn Williams

    Thanks for the chili recipe! I made it today, but changed it up a bit. Eliminated the pepper and corn as hubby doesn’t like and used liquid smoke and catsup. I call it my smokey sweet chili. For a fun note…In my working years whenever we had a chili cook-off between units, our unit one with my chili. I never told about the liquid smoke and catsup. Thanks for all your wonderful posts and pictures!

    1. Thank you Carolyn! I am most definitely trying liquid smoke next time!! Glad you enjoyed it ?

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