Mama's Simple and Easy Chili

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“This is a good and simple chili. Since I am seasoning challenged sometimes, I use McCormick packs with this, but it still turns out fantastic. I have to double the recipe in order for there to be leftovers the next day. Its also pretty cheap to make which helps with ever shrinking budgets. It does have a little bit of a kick to it, but its not real overwhelming, my 4 year old daughter ate it with no problem. I serve it with cornbread...yummy! Serving size is a guess. One pot will feed 6 of us, 2 of the 6 being teenage boys.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans chili beans (intensity is your choice, I use mild)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans (color is your choice)
  • 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb turkey, or
  • 1 lb ground beef and 1 lbs Italian sausage
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package McCormick mild chili seasoning
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package chili seasoning mix, mccormick tex mex
  • 12-34 cup salsa (your choice on brand and flavor)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can green chilies (for extra kick) (optional)
  • 12-1 cup water


  1. Combine sauce, beans and chilies if you are using them in large pot and set to cook on med/low. DO NOT DRAIN THE JUICES OFF OF THEM! Put it all in there.
  2. Brown ground beef and drain almost all of the grease off.leave about 1 tsp in skillet.
  3. Add salsa to meat and cook on med for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add seasoning packets to the meat. This is important.this is how it gets it flavor.
  5. Add the water to the meat mixture. I don't know how much because it really depends. You want the meat mixture to be wet, but not sopping. It should turn a dark brownish color and should hold together pretty well when there is enough water in it.
  6. Cook the seasonings into the meat for 2-3 minutes, then slowly add into tomato mixture.
  7. Add by serving spoonful, stirring the mixture well after each. Your tomato mixture will turn a dark reddish, brown color.
  8. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until seasonings are mixed in well.
  9. Make sure to stir often.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a