Easy 3 Ingredient Chili


Easy 3 Ingredient Chili -so simple and the perfect fall dinner made in 30 minutes or less!

Hi Nap Time readers, I’m Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road! I’ve had the pleasure of visiting here at I Heart Nap Time a couple of times over the past year but I am super excited to be coming on board as a regular contributor for 2014. With the big game sneaking up on us – yes folks, February is just weeks away – a lot of you are planning menus for football parties in the coming weeks. This easy to make, delicious to eat, easy 3 ingredient chili recipe has three basic ingredients that you can build upon to make your ultimate chili that’s perfect for your next football party! 

Easy 3 Ingredient Chili

All you need is is a pound of cooked and drained ground beef, a can of chili beans (undrained) and a can of chili ready diced tomatoes ( I use Hunts Seasoned Diced Tomato Sauce for Chili). Mix the meat, beans and tomatoes together in large pot, bring it to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes.

Easy 3 Ingredient Chili


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. 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.

Easy 3 Ingredient Chili


  • 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)


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.
Enjoy topped with cheese and sour cream.

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kristinI’d love for you to visit Yellow Bliss Road where I’m sharing a spicy round up of 20+ chili recipes today. I’ve also got some quick and easy one pot meals that are sure to be a hit on those busy nights.




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Hi! I’m Kristin and I’m the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road, where you’ll find tons of recipes, free printables, and a little decor and DIY thrown in for good measure. Life can be complicated, so I am all about simplifying wherever I can – from food to decor to DIY – because I believe that it doesn’t have to be elaborate or extravagant to be amazing. I am a single adoptive mom with a daughter in Preschool and a son in Kindergarten. My kids are a handful, I’m exhausted and most days my house is a mess – and I’m okay with that!

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm (#

    This is the shortest ingredient and prep list I have ever seen. I <3 it! Heading over to Yellow Bliss Road for my tasty yums like this!

    • Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road posted on January 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm (#

      Thanks Taylor! It’s super yummy and even better because it’s so easy!!

      • Denise posted on February 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm (#

        What size cans?

      • Jamielyn posted on February 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm (#

        Around 15 oz!

  2. Antionette Blake posted on January 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm (#

    I love making chili in the crockpot. Thanks for sharing this easy 3 ingredient recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 23, 2014 at 10:05 pm (#

      I love making chili in my crockpot too! I love how crockpots cook for me! ;)

  3. Shari @ Simply Shari's Gluten Free posted on February 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm (#

    This looks amazing! You can cook for me anytime. Will follow you on Pinterest.

  4. Emily Heineke posted on September 27, 2014 at 10:02 am (#

    how many servings from this receipe?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (#

      It serves 4-6 people!

  5. donna posted on November 6, 2014 at 5:05 am (#

    Love this chili recipe!

  6. Shawn posted on December 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm (#

    If you’re going the crock pot route, do you still need to cook the ground beef ahead of time?

    • Jamielyn posted on January 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm (#

      Cooking the ground beef in the crock pot should be fine. I would just make sure to stir it occasionally to make sure it cooks evenly. :)

  7. Mary Jane Newlon posted on January 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm (#

    I wanted to thank you for this recipe. I volunteer at our Hands of Hope Food Bank in Durant, OK and I bake for our clients. This recipe will be an appreciated addition to our recipes for our clients. It is simple, not a lot of ingredients, and saves times. Thank you again.

  8. William posted on September 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm (#

    Hello I just added 1lb turkey, one can dark kidney beans, one can Italian style diced  tomatoes. Seasoned. And 1 pack chili mix. Should I add some water say about a cup or so? Thanks 

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2015 at 11:46 pm (#

      Hi William! I would start with 1/2 cup of water and add a little if the chili mix flavor is too strong. Sounds like it will be delicious! :)

  9. Cabidor posted on February 4, 2016 at 2:54 am (#

    I love chilli! and this one looks so perfect. Gotta try this soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kristin!

  10. Dog Woofbarksonson posted on May 29, 2016 at 7:40 pm (#

    wow this looks good, will cook for my children the same age as me. Yum., Thanks mate. 

  11. Jean Claude Dore posted on July 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm (#

    You could also substitue the tomatoes with a jar of salsa, if you want some extra stuff in there. I like southwest style with corn and black beans in it.