4 Delicious Chili Recipes Ready in Under an Hour

December 04, 2015 Chili

With the cooler weather comes a craving for warm, hearty, comforting food like chili. However, we often decide against making it — unless it’s for a special occasion — because we think it will take too much time. After all, to get a truly rich, savory chili, you need to let it simmer for hours, right?


With the right combination of ingredients, you can have a scrumptious chili ready in about an hour. What are the tricks?

  • Use lots of spices. All the recipes in this story include a great mix of seasonings that work together to make a delicious dish.
  • Make it easy on yourself by using some pre-made items. Rotisserie chicken from the grocery store eliminates the time you’d spend cooking meat, and canned chili beans, with seasonings already included, help build that slow-simmered flavor quickly.
  • Don’t forget the garnishes. Tortilla chips, cheese, green onions, diced peppers — the possibilities are endless and make a bowl of chili go from just tasty to a special meal.
  • Chili doesn’t have to take hours. With these tips, you can have a warm, comforting meal any day of the week!

    Flavorful Chicken Chilies Switch up the meat in your chili and use chicken instead of beef. This white chicken chili gets its zest from fresh jalapeño, tomato and diced chilies, and it gets its creaminess from a can of cream of chicken soup. This Buffalo chicken chili is guaranteed to be a favorite. It’s easy and delicious, with rotisserie chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese, cream cheese and a complex spice blend. Throw it together for a tailgate, a potluck or even a weeknight dinner.

    Satisfying Meatless Chilies Maybe you don’t want to include any meat in your chili. Although there is some debate as to whether or not chili should have beans, ignore the doubters and embrace the bean. This easy black bean chili combines canned chili beans, corn and taco seasoning. This spicy three-bean chili is also super simple: It uses Latin-inspired canned beans, which already have a perfect mix of spices cooked in. You get that slow-simmered flavor in just a few minutes. Garnish with some tortilla strips, and you have a delicious, meatless dinner.

    Chili doesn’t have to take hours. With these tips, you can have a warm, comforting meal any day of the week!

    * Tip: We know you can’t get enough chili, especially during the fall and winter. Check out our tips for winning a chili cook-off and guide to making quick, delicious chilies with chili beans.

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Grillin Tip 1

Get ready for the Gameday spread! Keep the menu simple with flavorful side dishes—like one of our 11 varieties of Baked Beans, or one of our bold Grillin’ Beans® flavors. Pour the beans into a metal or ceramic pan or aluminum tray, then heat them on the grill’s side burners or raised rack.

Gameday Fun Fact 1

Before the Red Sox, there were the Boston Beaneaters, who won the National League pennant in 1897. They later became the Braves and moved to Milwaukee, then Atlanta. Source: “Beans A History”, Ken Albala, Berg, 2007

Chili Fun Fact 2

Although there are many stories surrounding the invention of chili, its exact origin is unknown. But it’s no mystery that a big bowl of chili is a very tasty thing.