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Stovetop Chili

Stovetop Chili is super simple and flavorful with a secret ingredient of A1 steak sauce. We love to fill our bellies with hearty chili that uses just 8 ingredients and 5 steps to make. You can also make this in your slow cooker.

Why I love this recipe

This is our favorite stove-top chili, ready in just 15 minutes, but it can also be made in a slow cooker crock pot. You can also easily make a double batch of this great chili.

a bowl of chili topped with frito corn chips.
Easy Crockpot or Stovetop Chili Dinner for Two

Need a dessert to go with it? Try this Strawberry Cobbler, this Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, or this Red Velvet Cake.

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Basic Ingredients

(amounts are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

ground beef (or ground turkey, chicken)

tomato sauce

onion

mild chili beans in chili sauce (or spicy)

garlic salt

chili powder

Optional – 1/8 cup A1 steak sauce

cumin

parsley

Optional toppings – shredded cheese, sour cream, Fritos, or saltine crackers

Substitutions and Additions

  • You can use ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, lean beef cubes, or no meat at all.
  • Add in some cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or green chiles to spice it up a bit.
  • Use white onion, yellow onion, sweet onion, or red onion.

How to make this classic beef chili recipe

Stovetop Chili Instructions

Equipment used for this recipe

cutting board

medium saucepan

colander

Step 1 – On a cutting board, dice the onion.

Step 2 – Over medium heat, brown the ground beef and onions in a medium sauce pan. Once browned, drain the excess fat using a colander.

Step 3 – To the pan, add the tomato sauce, chili beans, garlic salt, chili powder, A1 steak sauce (optional), cumin, and parsley.

Step 4 – Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until heated through.

Step 5 – Serve and enjoy with your favorite toppings.

a bowl of chili topped with sour cream, green onion, and fritos.
Easy Crockpot or Stovetop Chili Dinner for Two

Slow Cooker Chili Instructions

Equipment used for this recipe

cutting board

4-quart crockpot

Step 1 – On a cutting board, dice the onion.

Step 2 – In a small crock pot (4-quart size), add ground beef and tomato sauce. Mix together until combined. You do not need to brown the meat first.

adding ground beef and tomato sauce to the slow cooker.

Step 3 – To the pot of chili, add the chopped onion, chili beans, garlic salt, chili powder, A1 steak sauce (optional), cumin, and parsley. Stir to combine.

adding remaining chili ingredients to the slow cooker.

Step 4 – Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Step 5 – Serve with your favorite toppings.

Pro Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container for 4-5 days in the fridge.

Recipe FAQs

What toppings do you put on chili?

Here are some ideas but you can really add anything you like – shredded cheddar cheese, or any flavor, a dollop of sour cream, diced avocados, diced tomatoes, diced jalapenos, tortilla chips, strips, or Fritos (we love Frito scoops), diced white or red onions, diced green onions, fresh chopped cilantro, or parsley.

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a bowl of chili topped with sour cream, green onion, and fritos.

Stovetop Chili

Stovetop Chili is super simple and flavorful with a secret ingredient of A1 steak sauce. We love to fill our bellies with hearty chili that uses just 8 ingredients and 5 steps to make. You can also make this in your slow cooker. This is our favorite stove-top chili, ready in just 15 minutes, but it can also be made in a slow cooker crock pot. You can also easily make a double batch of this great chili.
4.38 from 90 votes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Beef
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 599 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ pound of ground beef (or ground turkey, chicken)
  • 8- ounce can of tomato sauce
  • ½ of a medium onion
  • 15.5- ounce can of mild chili beans in chili sauce (or spicy)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • cup A1 steak sauce (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • Optional toppings – shredded cheese, sour cream, Fritos, or saltine crackers

Instructions
 

Stove top instructions

  • On a cutting board, dice the onion.
  • Over medium heat, brown the ground meat and onion in a medium saucepan.
  • Once browned, drain the grease using a colander.
  • To the pan, add the tomato sauce, chili beans, garlic salt, chili powder, A1 steak sauce (optional), cumin, and parsley.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until heated through.
  • Serve and enjoy with your favorite toppings.

Slow cooker instructions

  • On a cutting board, dice the onion.
  • In a 4-quart crockpot, slow cooker add the ground meat or turkey (no need to brown first) and the tomato sauce. Mix together until combined. Click for a 4-quart crockpot slow cooker.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and stir.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Video

Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for 4-5 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 599kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 34gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 2362mgPotassium: 1614mgFiber: 13gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 2469IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 12mg
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Fina Zarzar

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Hi Zona, Can I use tomato puree instead of tomato sauce? It will be an equal amount. Also can I use black beans instead of chili beans?

Zona

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

Hi Fina, those substitutions should work just fine and it sounds delicious. Enjoy!

Tena Miller

Monday 27th of January 2020

I see that you commented that you do not need to brown the beef prior to putting it in the crockpot. Does the same apply if you use ground turkey?

Zona

Monday 27th of January 2020

Hi Tena, yes the same applies. You can brown it if you want to. The meat will be bigger chunks if you do. If you put it in without browning, the meat is tinier chunks and the flavor is the same either way.

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