Small-Batch Chili


Sometimes you just need a few bowls of chili instead of a big batch. Luckily, you can make this chili recipe for two!

Small-Batch Chili
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ cup chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic (4 cloves)

  • 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)

  • Dairy sour cream (optional)

  • Bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven cook and stir ground beef, green pepper, onion, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender; drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, kidney beans, tomatoes, chili powder, salt, basil, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. If desired, top each serving with cheese and/or sour cream. If desired, pass hot pepper sauce.

Chili for Two:

Prepare as above, except cut all ingredients in half.

Cincinnati-Style Chili:

Prepare as above, except omit green sweet pepper. With tomato sauce, 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. Omit basil and optional garnishes. Serve each serving of chili over 1/2 cup hot cooked spaghetti and top with 1 to 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped onions, 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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