Everyone where I’m from (Seattle) is currently hunkered down in an uncharacteristic three feet of snow. Or, as one meme described it: “Winter is coming. The entire thing. All in one weekend.” In honor of a snowed-in weekend with no end reportedly in sight, here is my favorite easy chili recipe. It’s warming, nourishing, and a simpler version of traditional chili recipes, which often require hours of soaking beans. I like to have a big pot of this in my fridge on the reg to stir over quinoa, brown rice, steamed kale, roasted veggies, or just eat on its own.
Your New Go-to Easy Chili Recipe
2 T. diced cilantro
1 t. minced garlic
1 small red onion
2 bell peppers (any colors)
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ t. chili powder
¼ t. dry oregano
¾ t. dry basil
Pinch ground cumin
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 14 oz. can mixed beans
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
½ t. sea salt
- Dice the bell peppers, onion and cilantro.
- In a saucepan, sauté the garlic, onion and peppers in olive oil over medium heat until tender.
- Add the dry spices and sauté briefly. (Feel free to improvise here — I use the spices I have on-hand.)
- While the veggies cook, drain the can of beans.
- Then, pour beans, diced tomatoes, and cilantro into another pot. Stir until heated throughout.
- Stir together both pots. Season with sea salt to taste.
This recipe takes less than 15 minutes flat but is filled with nutritious foods that are especially good around flu season. Bell peppers pack nearly three times the vitamin C that oranges do, and if you choose a few different colors, you’ll get different groups of antioxidants like yellow/orange beta carotene (great for eyes and skin) or red lycopene (great for the heart). Beans are one of my favorite foods because they’re packed with protein and fiber, making them a filling plant-based source of protein. Then there’s the little kick from black pepper and chili powder, which heats a body from the inside out this time of year.
I hope this becomes your new favorite easy chili recipe to meal prep, repurpose throughout the week, or warm you up after a day in the snow!