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Perfect Weeknight Chili Recipe

My Perfect Weeknight Chili Recipe is just what you need any night of the week! Simple and delicious! This best chili recipe is packed with flavor and is perfect for serving large groups.
Chili Recipe

Chili Recipe

Chili season is the best isn’t it? Even though it’s always warm here in Arizona, I look forward to this easy chili recipe all year round! Chili is a staple recipe for us. I make different variations on the regular, but this particular recipe needed to be shared. Seriously flavor packed with just your basic pantry essentials. Give yourself about 10 minutes and this gorgeous pot of chili will be simmering ready to go at your fingertips. Winning!

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Chili Recipe

One of my favorite things about cooking a big pot of chili is I turn it into a couple different dinners during the week. Night one we have our traditional bowl of chili with our favorite toppings. Let’s talk toppings…we enjoy chopped green onions, sour cream, cheese and sometimes crumbled bacon. So good!

Chili Recipe

If we have leftovers I cook up some rice and make a chili and rice casserole. A new dinner with little prep work in the kitchen. The kids love this.

Weeknight Chili Recipe

No judging, but another way great way to use leftover chili is to make gourmet chili dogs. When the boys friends come over, this is a favorite. Hebrew National dogs, covered with my chili and some favorite toppings. Mmmm! Hope you enjoy my Perfect Weeknight Chili Recipe!

Chili Recipe

Tips For Making The Best Chili

  1. When you’ve got the time, it’s all about the simmer. The longer you simmer, the more amazing flavor you’ll get.
  2. I like to place a whole Anaheim Chili inside the chili to simmer as well. You get even more flavor this way!
  3. Serve this recipe with a nice chef salad with lots of vegetables.
  4. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.  Mason Jars work great too.
Perfect Weeknight Chili Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: award winning chili, basic chili recipe, beef, beef chili recipe, best chili recipe, chili, chili beans recipe, chili recipe, dinner, easy chili recipe, good chili recipe, homemade chili recipe, quick and simple, quick fix dinner, simple chili recipe, simple dinner ideas
Servings: 10
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 1 pound ground beef lean
  • 1 pound mild ground sausage I used Jimmy Dean
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry's garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 29 ounces tomato sauce
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained
  • 15 ounce can white beans drained
  • two 10 ounce cans Rotel diced tomatoes mild
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa verde I used Herdez mild
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dry Ranch Dressing mix from packet
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  1. Place beef and sausage into a large dutch oven over medium heat. Crumble and start browning. Stir in minced garlic, garlic salt, salt and pepper until well combined. Cook until browned then add tomato sauce, beans, tomatoes, salsa verde, chili powder, cumin, Ranch dressing mix and lime juice. Stir to combine until hot. Reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve. I like to simmer on low for a few hours before serving to enhance the flavor.
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Weeknight Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 1232mg54%
Potassium 878mg25%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1
    Maria says:

    I am excited for chili season! This looks perfect!

  2. 2

    I love making Chili for my family during the week- this batch looks delicious!

  3. 3

    Homemade chili is always the best!

  4. 4
    Naomi says:

    This is my kind of weeknight meal!

  5. 5

    This is perfect for busy weeknight meals!

  6. 6

    oh my gosh… i’m so exited for chili season!! looks delicious!

  7. 7

    Just in time to start the fall season off right!

  8. 8

    Nothing better than a hot bowl of chili on a crisp fall day!

  9. 9
    Maria says:

    I fixed this for my husband yesterday and he loved it!! I’m not much of a chili fan, but this one won me over!! Thanks!

  10. 10

    I love making chili as well as all kinds of renditions of it! This looks awesome for fall!

  11. 11
    Maria says:

    This is the best chili recipe I have ever found. I have come back to this recipe numerous times. Just love it. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. 12
    Genevia says:

    This weekend chili recipe looks great! The sauce looks yummy as well. Can’t wait top try it! Thanks a lot.

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