Best Quick Chili


Best Quick Chili

Jennifer Woodruff
"This is a tasty low-fat chili recipe that is sure to please.  The guys here call it "real cowboy food," John Wayne would be proud! This simple skillet chili recipe was developed over 20 yrs ago when we won 1st place with it in a "Newlyweds' Chili Cook-off Contest." 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 287 kcal


  • 1 lb. ground meat turkey or beef
  • 1/2 c. onion diced
  • 1/2 c. green peeper diced
  • 1 15.5 oz. can kidney beans do not drain
  • 1 15.5 oz. can chili beans do not drain
  • 1 15.5 oz. can black beans do not drain
  • 1 10 oz. can tomatoes with chilies do not drain
  • 1 10.75 oz. can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 TBS chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove or 1 tsp fresh minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne powder


  • First, brown meat and drain. Return meat to skillet, Heat on med.
  • Toss in onions and peppers to lightly saute with meat.
  • Mix in 3 cans of beans and tomatoes with their natural juices/ water.

  • Stir in can of tomato soup of condensed soup (do not add water.) Allow to Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • While simmering, add in chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne.
  • Finally,  it's ready to serve. Garnish with a pinch of shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.


This skillet chili can be doubled and kept warm in a large Crockpot.
Keyword cowboy food, Dinner, doubles, feed a crowd, freeze, high protein, husband food, teenager food

Taco Zucchini Canoes

3 medium zucchinis 6-8″
1.25 lb of ground beef 
1 envelope taco seasoning
1/2 c diced onion 
1/2 c. diced green pepper
1/2 c. black beans
1/2 c. Rotel tomatoes
1/2 c. corn
1/3 c catsup 
1 1/2 shredded cheddar divided

Instructions cut ends off zucchinis. Laterally slice zucchinis in half, leaving a 1/2 inch bedding. 
in a skillet, brown beef, onion, green pepper.  Salt and pepper to taste. remove from heat. Stir in beans, tomatoes, and corn. Remove from heat and blend in ketchup and one cup of the shredded cheddar.
spoon into zucchini shells / boats. Place in a greased 17 by 9 inch baking slash lasagna dish. top with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes. Zucchini should be tender.