Fast and Easy Healthy 20-Minute Chili Recipe

Fast and Easy Healthy 20-Minute Chili Recipe |


Fall and winter almost 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 the flavor that time can bring.

Filled with potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and protein, it’s a healthy addition to a regular seasonal menu.


1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 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)
1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained
1 16-ounce can black beans, drained
1 16-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.

Serving idea: Skillet Corn Bread


Fast and Easy Healthy 20-Minute Chili Recipe |

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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 husband and teenage son.

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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