This thirty-minute chili is a simple recipe with only a few ingredients. It freezes and doubles easily and is the perfect topping for everything from hot dogs and baked potatoes to french fries and cornbread. Delicious on its own for a cold night!
My wife may be the food blogger of the family, but I still know my way around the kitchen. Maybe it’s from my years of working in various restaurants as a teen, or because I cook regularly at the fire station, but I consider myself a pretty good cook. (Check out my famous fried chicken tenders recipe here.)
Cooking for a station of firemen isn’t all that different than cooking for the family at home now that I have an 11-month-old son eating whole foods. Between him (pictured above demolishing a breakfast plate during our recent trip to Boon Fly Cafe) and my almost ten-year-old daughter, they eat just about as much as a group of eight men.
We have this thirty-minute chili often. It’s a quick recipe with only six simple ingredients and it freezes really well. (This recipe also doubles easily.) We usually make two batches- one with beef and one with turkey for my oldest who has a beef allergy. It’s perfect as a topping for cornbread or fries, stuffed inside baked potatoes, or mixed with corn chips and cheese. I try to save at least one scoop for leftovers for Emily because she loves to put it on a bagel the next morning for breakfast.
This Thirty Minute Chili is family and firefighter approved. Have a hearty bowl of chili in a half hour. Serve with corn chips, over rice, or with hot dogs.
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper , optional
In a large saucepan, brown the meat until fully cooked.
Drain the meat and return to the pan over low heat.
Add the tomato sauce and paste, as well as all remaining spices.
Simmer for 20 minutes.
If you like more sauce with your chili, double the tomato sauce. This chili is perfect as a topping- over corn chips or fries. We also love to add it to stuffed baked potatoes.