Quick Spicy Chili

Chili is a versatile and hearty dish perfect for any season. This Quick Spicy Chili recipe balances rich flavors with a kick of heat, making it a delightful comfort food. Designed for simplicity and speed, it’s ideal for both beginners and seasoned cooks looking to add some zest to their meal repertoire.

Cooking Time

  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 4 people


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water or beef broth
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions


  1. Prepare Ingredients: Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and bell pepper, sautéing until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Cook Meat: Add the ground meat to the pot. Cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add Spices: Stir in chili powder, ground cumin, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1 minute to release the flavors.
  4. Simmer: Add the diced tomatoes (with their juice), kidney beans, and water or broth. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve: Adjust seasoning if needed. Serve hot, garnished with optional toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onions.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

Calories350 kcal
Total Fat15 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Cholesterol70 mg
Sodium500 mg
Total Carbohydrates25 g
Dietary Fiber6 g
Sugars5 g
Protein25 g

Enjoy this quick, flavorful, and spicy chili that’s sure to warm your heart and satisfy your taste buds!