This easy chili recipe has been a tried-and-true Better Homes & Gardens favorite for decades. Make the quick chili recipe (it's done in less than an hour!) stand out by piling on extra cheese, onions, and sour cream.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ½ cup chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 15 ounce can red kidney beans, undrained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 2 - 3 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

  • Chopped onion (optional)

  • Dairy sour cream (optional)

  • Crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. In a 3-quart saucepan cook and stir ground beef, sweet pepper, 1/2 cup chopped onion, and the garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat.

  2. Stir in tomato sauce, undrained beans, undrained tomatoes, chili powder, salt, basil, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. To serve, ladle chili into bowls. If desired, top each serving with cheese, chopped onion, and/or sour cream and pass crushed red pepper. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

    Chili in white bowl with cheese
    Blaine Moats

Chili for Two:

Prepare as above, except divide all ingredients in half.

Cincinnati-Style Chili:

Prepare as above, except omit sweet pepper, basil, and optional garnishes. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper with the tomato sauce. To serve, place 1/2 cup hot cooked spaghetti on each of 4 serving plates; make an indentation in center of each portion. Top each serving with some of the chili, 1 to 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped onion, and/or 1/4 cup additional kidney beans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
15g Fat
35g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 1265mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Protein 32g
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 5.2mg 29%
Potassium 905mg 19%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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