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.
- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 517mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 27g