Super-Easy Cheater Chili

Ok, this is not a real recipe.

No, I swear. It involves putting things in a pot and simmering them, but it's not a "real" recipe. It is, however, completely delicious and perfect for a weeknight.

And I'm calling it "Cheater Chili" because I felt like I was cheating on cooking with making something this easy. 5 cans, one packet, and ground beef.

Thats it.

Typically, when I make chili, it's an involved process involving chopping and slicing, dicing, sautéing, simmering, and the painstaking measuring and balancing of spices and herbs to get that perfect balance.

Ever since I was a little girl, chili was a day-long process… my mom would cook chili for days before my birthday parties! This was seriously 10 minutes of prep and an hour of simmering. My mom gave me the recipe, who got it from her sister-in-law, and I'm truly grateful! It's so good!

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Cheater Chili

by What's For Dinner?

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients (8-10 servings)

  • 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 15-ounce cans "chili beans"
  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 packet medium-spice chili seasoning


Brown the ground beef in a large pot.

Add all other ingredients.

Stir well.

Simmer at least one hour over low heat.


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I told you. Easy. Almost too easy. But I'm telling you, it's that super-thick, super-meaty chili that I want when I want chili without all the work. I made sure to use reduced sodium canned goods so that my clothes fit tomorrow, but really, any will do.
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Not to mention, this is a perfect vehicle for cheese and sour cream (low-fat of course!)

What's your favorite "cheater" recipe? Feel free to link in the comments!

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3 Responses to Super-Easy Cheater Chili

  1. Lauren says:

    Love these kind of recipes! My best chili recipe involves black beans and sweet potatoes and a ton of spice. I hardly ever follow a recipe either but somehow it always turns out incredible.

  2. quix says:

    This sounds very similar to the base of my chili (I add a few more things but not many!). Love love love easy chili, it’s a great meal!
    quix´s last blog post ..Week 17 – Back to Not-Normal

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