Easy Three Ingredient Chili Recipe

This Easy Chili Recipe was originally shared on I Heart Nap Time.

With cool weather right around the corner, we are all starting to think about how to warm those bellies on busy weeknights. My favorite chili recipe is the perfect bowl of comfort! Chili is a perfect weeknight meal or tailgating recipe.

Easy Three Ingredient Chili title

It’s one of the easiest dishes to make, too! You need three ingredients to start, and then you can kick it up to make it your own. You’ll need a pound of ground beef, a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes with chili spices and a 15 ounce can of chili beans. Mix it together in a pot and simmer. The longer you are able to let it simmer, the better it gets. But you can also serve it as soon as it’s hot. You could also let this cook in the crockpot on low for several hours, just be sure to cook the ground beef first.

At this point, you have a great bowl of thick and hearty chili. It serves four to six people and has a great flavor just on it’s own. But sometimes I like to get creative, and I’ll add in some extra ingredients to make it even better. 

Easy 3 ingredient chili rec

Here are a few other ideas to spice up your chili –

  • Kick up the spice by adding chili powder, red pepper flakes or hot sauce, or even a can of Rotel Tomatoes.
  • Instead of ground beef, use a pound of shredded Chuck Roast or chunks of Stew Meat, or a pound of diced chicken breasts, ground turkey or diced beef sausage.
  • Experiment with different beans – try adding a can of black, cannelloni or kidney beans.
  • Not a fan of cooked tomatoes? Blend the diced tomatoes in a blender to make tomato sauce – you still get the flavor without the chunks of cooked tomato.
  • Top with onions, jalapenos, sour cream, or cheese.

When adding different ingredients, the key is to keep the ratios. 1 pound of meat, 1 can of beans, 1 can of diced tomatoes. If it’s too thick, just add a small can of tomato sauce, along with a little chili powder.

My favorite way to kick up this recipe is by adding a can of black beans, a can of tomato sauce, and a little chili powder. Yum! Now if it would only cool off around here I can whip up a batch!

Love chili? Be sure to check put my round up of 15 Delicious Chili Recipes.

Easy Chili Recipe


  • 1 pound of cooked and drained ground beef
  • 1 can of chili beans (undrained)
  • 1 can of chili ready diced tomatoes (I use Hunts Seasoned Diced Tomato Sauce for Chili).


  1. Mix the meat, beans and tomatoes together in large pot, bring it to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes. You could also combine in a crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  2. Divide into bowls, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!


 For more quick and delicious family meals, be sure to check these out:

One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage and Pasta Skillet - A 20 minutes meal that cooks all in one pot for less mess and goes quickly from stove to table!

One Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta 

Savory Broiled Garlic Chicken - Made this tonight and my family LOVED it!

Savory Broiled Garlic Chicken

Easy French Dip Sandwiches - Such an easy meal for busy weeknights or a delicious and filling lunch.

Easy Baked French Dip Sandwiches

Smoky Tri Tip Soup, perfect for cozy fall and winter nights! It's the perfect combination of smoky and savory. Delicious!!

Smoky Tri Tip Soup 

For tons of DINNER recipes, be sure to go HERE.

For a complete list of RECIPES on the site, be sure to go HERE.



Owner at Yellow Bliss Road
Hi! I'm Kristin, the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road where you will be inspired by tons of easy to follow recipes, lots of free printables, and a little sprinkling of life thrown in for good measure.

Latest posts by Kristin (see all)

Follow Me on Pinterest! Follow me on Instagram!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>