Pantry Chili

My favorite soup of them all is chili.  There are so many ways to make it and I love experimenting with new versions, but I always seem to come back to my favorite version called Pantry Chili.

My favorite soup of them all is chili and this meat hearty recipe is perfect to make with items from your pantry.

I gave this recipe the name of Pantry Chili because it seemed every time I wanted to make it, which was on the spur of the moment, I never had all the ingredients to make it.  So I would grab this and that from the pantry or freezer as a substitute.  And it always turned out great.  Each time was a little different, but that’s what made it fun and interesting.

I would substitute the ground beef with ground turkey or ground sausage or turkey sausage.  Just whatever I had in the freezer and there were 2 pounds of it.  This recipe is meat-hearty for sure.  The beans I use have been all black beans or red kidney beans and black beans or just plain kidney beans.  The picture above shows I just used black beans.  I also love using my Freezer Green Peppers instead of all the color versions of peppers.  The red and yellow peppers can be very expensive during the wintertime and it really doesn’t change the flavor of your chili.  Just adds a bit of color.

And don’t you just love those mini crackers?  They were on sale at the store last week and I just had to grab a box to try them.  They are called Nabisco Premium Minis and are perfect for soups and little fingers to grab.

I love this recipe for football games, to bring to a gathering and leftovers are great to make Chili Nachos.

My favorite soup of them all is chili and this meat hearty recipe is perfect to make with items from your pantry.
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Pantry Chili

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American


  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 24-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 24-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • Sour cream, Shredded Cheddar, Sliced scallions for garnish – Optional


  • In a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, add the garlic, onions, bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, chipotle chili powder, oregano, and smoked paprika and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until the vegetables are tender and seasonings are aromatic.
  • Add the beef and break it up with a wooden spoon. Once beef is broken up and beginning to brown, add the pork. Break up with a wooden spoon like the beef, and brown, until no longer pink, roughly 4 minutes. Stir in the water and beans. Toss together, then add the crushed and diced tomatoes. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or longer or transfer to slow cooker and cook on slow for about 6 hours. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Transfer the chili to serving bowls and garnish with lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese, and sliced scallions.


Substitute meats with ground turkey, ground turkey sausage mild or hot. Beans could be the same or a variety of kidney beans. Most of the time I just use the green peppers from my freezer instead of the different color ones. It is important to cook the spices first as instructed in the recipe. It seems to make the flavors pop out more.
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I also have an Instant Pot version of this chili to try also.

Fast and easy hearty Pantry Chili made in the Instant Pot. One pot clean up later makes this the perfect meal.

What is your favorite chili recipe?

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Fast and easy hearty Pantry Chili made in the Instant Pot. One pot clean up later makes this the perfect meal.



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  1. Oh that looks delicious!
    Also wanted to thank you for joining the Nov hobnob which I am cohosting. SO glad you could join us. I am also your newest follower.

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  2. No matter what you put in chili, I am a firm believer that it should be accompanied by a cinnamon roll. This is a Colorado thing. I live in North Carolina now, but the same rules would apply if I lived in Siberia!

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