This is the easiest Baked Bean Chili you will ever find! With just 6 ingredients you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! You can also let this simmer all day for a deeper flavor. The sweet and heat balance each other out and will quickly become a family go-to dinner dish.
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One of the many reasons I love this recipe is for being a one pot meal. It’s easy and hearty – and less of a mess to clean up.
Ingredients for this easy chili recipe
What really makes this the easiest chili is the use of pantry staples. You can use pretty much anything you have on hand. Fire roasted tomatoes add a depth of flavor to this simple dish. If you have diced tomatoes on hand with green chilis or even corn, that would be a great addition as well.
Other substitutions to consider would be using ground pork instead of ground beef, tomato soup instead of tomato sauce, a more flavorful tomato sauce, a taco packet instead of or in addition to the chili powder, and the addition of bell peppers or hot peppers with the onions.
This easy chili recipe is just that – super simple to make and easier to customize.
Which Baked Beans are Best?
Grab any kind of baked beans you have in your pantry. I personally love the maple baked beans as it gives the chili a balance of sweet and heat when paired with a bunch of chili powder.
How to serve chili
Of course you’re going to want to serve up a cornbread for the side of your fresh chili, but what about the leftovers? Serve leftovers on buns as a chili burger, on a taco shell or chips as nachos. And don’t forget about toppings! Check out the toppings listed below for more ways to personalize your dish!
Best Toppings For Chilis
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheese
- Hot Sauce
- Pretty much anything you would put on a corn dog!
How to Make Baked Bean Chili while Camping
Do the prep before hand. Chop the onion, open the cans, and add everything to a Ziploc bag or even a food saver bag. Bring the meat frozen and take out the morning of cooking it to allow it to thaw. Set your triangle up and cook the meat over the fire. Drain the grease as best as you can, and then add the rest of the ingredients. Shorten the chain length and let the chili simmer at the camp site during the day until you’re ready to eat. Just don’t forget to stir and add water or stock as the liquid reduces.
Make Ahead & Leftovers
This is a great recipe to make in bulk and freeze for a quick meal later in the week or even a few months down the road. Got a friend expecting a baby? This easy chili will be welcomed by any busy mom. Just wait for the chili to cool completely before scooping it into a large Ziploc. You can then lay it flat and freeze for ease of storage or you can freeze it in a large pitcher to make it easier to later dump into a slow cooker or dutch oven for reheating.
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Easy Ground Beef Chili
- 5 quart dutch oven
- can opener
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup onions chopped
- 1-2 ounces fajita seasoning 1 or 2 ready made packets
- 28 ounces baked beans
- 14.5 ounces fire roasted tomatoes with liquid
- 15 ounce tomato sauce
- 2 cups beef stock or water, optional
- Cook the ground beef in a 5 quart Dutch oven and drain off the grease. Transfer the ground beef to a plate lined with paper towels.
- Sauté the onions for about 5 minutes in just a Tablespoon of the grease or use a Tablespoon of olive oil. As the onions become translucent, add the chili powder and cook for 1 minute to become fragrant and release flavor.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients including the ground beef and cook through until warm. Serve immediately or cover and simmer until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.*