Easy Chili

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 pounds ground beef. For a vegan version replace with another can of beans, and 2 cups chopped, sauteed veggies of choice (I like bell pepper, onions, celery, and carrot)
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 t minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes I puree canned diced tomatoes sometimes with my immersion blender
  • 1 8 ounce jar salsa ( I use Trader Joe's Rustica)
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder I use Fiesta salt-free seasoning from the bulk spices, my favorite chili powder
  • 2 cans pinto beans or any beans of your choice!. For a Paleo version, replace with 2 cups stew meat cubes, more ground beef, or chopped veggies of choice.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: lime wedges avocado, shredded Daiya cheese, feta, hot sauce, pickled jalepeños.


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and saute for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender.
  2. Drain grease, if desired.
  3. Add the ground black pepper, garlic, tomato, salsa, chili seasoning mix and beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour. (If using stew meat, simmer until meat is tender)