5-Ingredient Chili Recipe To Warm You Up

Make this easy chili recipe for your family anytime

By Kelly Pramberger March 23, 2021

How would you like a super easy meal for those oh so busy nights? This 5 ingredient chili literally hits the spot and is sure to satisfy your family. Evenings can be busy with homework, extra curriculars, sport, errands, and appointments without adding the need to make dinner into the mix. So I wanted to create a filling dinner that would be easy to re-heat for my family on those busy nights. It had to be something everyone liked, plus fast and high-protein to fuel my family through the long evening. That's how Kelly's Simple Chili was born. You make it the day before with just five-ingredients.

๐ŸŒถ๏ธ"Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili." - Harry James๐ŸŒถ๏ธ

๐ŸŒถ๏ธ   Kelly's Simple Chili  ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ


  • 1 pound of your favorite protein: Turkey, chicken, beef, plant-based crumbles or tofu work great!
  • 1 large jar of chunky salsa
  • 1 bag of frozen corn kernels or a frozen bag of mixed vegetables
  • 1 package of a quinoa / rice blend / beans
  • Taco seasoning to taste


  • Garnishes for toppings. Shredded cheese, pickled jalapeños, avocado, crushed tortilla chips, or sour cream all taste great!


  1. Heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a frying pan. Add a few shakes of taco seasoning. Add your protein and brown on medium-high. Do not drain.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the jar of salsa, then fill the jar with water to get out the remains and dump that in the bowl too. 
  3. Heat the corn per the package directions and add to the bowl. 
  4. Cook the rice / quinoa / beans and put that in the bowl as well.
  5. When the protein is finished cooking, toss it right in with all the other ingredients in that big bowl - Stir it together.
  6. Cover and place in fridge.

Let the flavors come together overnight and the next day you'll have dinner ready in a flash - just heat in a pot on the stove or crock pot or heat bowls in a microwave - let your family add toppings of their choice. 

Macaroni Tip:  If you notice the bowl of chili decreasing quickly and want leftovers, add another jar of salsa to get more meals out of it! Enjoy!