Thirty-Minute Chili

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!

Thirty Minute Chili- my favorite, simple chili recipe (only six ingredients!) Can use beef or turkey, and add beans as desired

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.

Thirty Minute Chili- my favorite, simple chili recipe (only six ingredients!) Can use beef or turkey, and add beans as desired

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.

Thirty Minute Chili
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins

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.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Author: James Bruno
  • 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
  1. In a large saucepan, brown the meat until fully cooked.
  2. Drain the meat and return to the pan over low heat.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and paste, as well as all remaining spices.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

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.


James Bruno

James is a full-time firefighter/paramedic living in Texas with his wife, Emily of, and their four kids. When not at the fire station, James is a hands-on dad who enjoys playing with his kids and working around the house. 911 DAD is your first call for help with all things tech, travel, food, and family.

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