Easy Weeknight Dinner

Easy, minimal ingredients, and tasty (like tasty enough to earn kid approval), those are my weeknight meal requirements. This easy, healthy chili ticks all the boxes. Bonus? I almost always have most the ingredients for this dish already in my house! Something to note, you’ll notice down below when I go over what you’ll need to make this dinner, one of the sections is labeled as “pantry items”. I am a big believer in having a well stocked pantry, it really does make preparing dishes so much easier. Let me know if you’re interested in my take on a well stocked pantry, there’s also many resources pertaining to this subject on Google! 🙂

I also want to quickly mention is how easy this is to make vegan/vegetarian! This time I made the chili I didn’t have any hamburger or ground turkey, but I did have extra beans! I chose to forego meat and add extra beans in as the main source of protein, super filling and delicious, not to mention beans are cheaper than meat. Omit dairy (cheese and sour cream topping) to make it vegan.

Sauté those peppers and onion in some olive oil and a sprinkle of salt until translucent.

Then, simply add all the rest of the ingredients, it’s that easy.

Finished product, so tasty. I always make a big batch of this that will feed my family of four for two dinners and a lunch.


•1 lb ground beef or turkey (omit if vegan/vegetarian)

•1-2 onions

•1-2 bell peppers (any color will do)

Pantry items:

•2-5 garlic cloves, minced

•2-4 cans of beans (if you aren’t using meat I’d go for 4 cans as this will be your main source of protein!)

•2-3 cans low-sodium diced tomatoes, un-drained

•1 can tomato paste

•1-2, 32 oz low sodium stock (chicken, beef or veggie depending on what protein source you’re using)

•little bit of oil (to sauté in)

•cumin, chili powder, oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes or crushed red pepper (I usually leave this out, my kids can’t hang with all that spice) salt & pepper to taste


•topping ideas: chives, cheese, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips


1. Sauté onion and pepper till soft (sprinkle with salt to help soften)

2. Add minced garlic cloves and ground beef or turkey (if using, otherwise skip to next step!)

3. Add all remaining ingredients and let simmer, the longer you can let it simmer the better, I like to give mine roughly 3 hours if I can. Add liquid (stock or water) as needed to reach desired consistency.

4. Add your favorite toppings and serve with fresh rolls (recipe coming soon 😉), or really good bread, and enjoy!

REMEMBER! Add and omit as you see fit, my motto when in the kitchen. 😉 There are no rules and no exacts, which is why the spices above are without a measurement or recommendation. This is really just a base recipe, add more beans if you like, less tomatoes, you name it, have fun!

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time!




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