5- Ingredient Easy Chili

Published:  09/26/2023

Introducing our foolproof and versatile 5-Ingredient Chili recipe - a hearty, flavor-packed dish that's as easy to make as it is delicious.

With just five simple ingredients, this recipe proves that great taste doesn't have to be complicated. 

Whether you're a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, you'll love how effortlessly this chili comes together.

Get ready to savor a bowl of comforting goodness that's sure to become a staple in your culinary repertoire.

Perfect for Boaters

  • This 5-ingredient chili recipe strikes a balance between simplicity, nutrition, and flavor, making it an excellent choice for boaters looking for a hassle-free and satisfying meal option while out on the water.

  • Simplicity and Convenience: With only five ingredients, this recipe is easy to prepare, making it a convenient option for boaters with limited cooking facilities on board.

  • Minimal Storage Space: Boats have limited storage space, and this recipe requires only a few essential ingredients, saving precious room for other provisions.

  • Long Shelf Life Ingredients: Many of the ingredients in this recipe, such as canned beans and tomatoes, have a long shelf life, making them ideal for provisioning on a boat where access to fresh produce may be limited.

  • Versatility: This chili is versatile and can be customized to suit individual tastes. Boaters can add extra toppings or garnishes if available, enhancing the flavor without requiring additional ingredients.

  • Nutritious and Satisfying: This chili provides a balanced and hearty meal, ensuring boaters get the essential nutrients and energy they need for their maritime adventures.

  • Quick Preparation: Boaters often have busy schedules, so having a quick and straightforward recipe like this allows for more time to enjoy the boating experience.

  • Warm and Comforting: In cooler weather or after a day out on the water, a warm bowl of chili can provide comfort and nourishment, creating a cozy atmosphere on board.

  • Easy Clean-Up: With minimal ingredients, there's less to clean up afterward, which is especially valuable on a boat where space and resources may be limited.


12 to 16 ounces 93% lean ground beef or turkey

1 white or yellow onion, diced

1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes with or without green chiles

1 (15 oz.) can beans, drained (black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, a combo, or whatever you like)

1 packet Taco Seasoning Mix, spicy or regular

Optional toppings: chopped white, red or green onion, reduced fat sour cream, lime wedges, sliced avocado, cilantro, olives, salsa, hot sauce, diced jalapenos, shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese, slied radishes, corn chips or tortillas 

Add 1 Tablespoon olive or canola oil in a large pan.  Add the onion and sauté the onion and sauté for 2 minutes.

Cook the ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned, stirring frequently.

Add remaining ingredients to the pan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve immediately, with optional toppings if desired.  Or, store in a sealed container for up to 3 days

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