This 5-Ingredient Beef Chili Recipe is perfect for Halloween or any chili party–double, triple, or quadruple the batch for a large crowd!

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Being hospitable on Halloween or when celebrating the harvest is about making people feel welcome, warm, and serving them delicious comfort food, such as my 5-Ingredient Beef Chili recipe today!

My favorite part of planning a chili party is setting the table and figuring out the menu! And then, thinking about the details, making sure that the guests are nice and comfy.

You know when it’s been a successful dinner party when the food is devoured and the guests linger, wanting to hang around! I love both of those so much! I think as women–because to many food is our love language–it feels so good to know that our guests have enjoyed the meal and had a good time.

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Two for one.

I’m excited to share with you a very simple chili recipe today that we recently made for our guests, and which I also doubled to surprise another family with a “fall” dinner, as a thank you from our family.

Two for one.

Cooking “two for one” is easy when you have a simple recipe. I figure as long as I’m cooking one batch, I might as well double it and share it with others!

New chili beans.

Bush’s Beans has 3 new beans that have recently launched, packed in chili sauce {delicious flavor} and today I’m combining their kidney and black chili beans together into a very easy chili recipe.

Halloween is the perfect day to serve chili to your guests, don’t you agree?

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Do not strain.

What I love about the {new} BUSH’S Chili Beans is that they are slow-simmered in a sauce with a special blend of chilies, spices, garlic and onions. Which means they should not be strained.

Most people crave chili when the weather gets cold, even though we do eat chili year round.

I love doubling batches and then freezing it for my college son. There’s nothing quite like mom’s homemade chili, made from scratch.

The other thing that my family prefers is a meat chili over a vegetarian recipe, although I often make both. Beans are high in fiber and protein and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants They’re naturally cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and virtually fat-free – so healthy for my family and guests.

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Which brings me to this recipe today.

5-Ingredient Beef Chili recipe.

5 easy ingredients is all you need – no added spice!

Kidney Chili Beans – Dark red kidney beans simmered in a hearty chili sauce with the robust flavors of ripe tomatoes, chili, peppers and cumin.

Black Chili Beans – Tender black beans simmered in a bold chili sauce made with chili peppers, sweet tomatoes and onion for a southwestern kick.

And then salsa, beef, and onion.

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The recipe is below. If you don’t have plans for dinner tonight – this should be on your menu!

What kind of beans do you put into your favorite chili recipe?

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5-Ingredient Beef Chili Recipe

When cooking with beef, I like to soak up the fat by laying a paper towel over the meat and pressing. You may need to do this a couple times. When using Bush’s chili beans, do not strain the beans–mix in the juices and spices.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. beef
  • 2 cans Bush’s Kidney Chili Beans
  • 2 cans Bush’s Black Chili Beans
  • 16 oz. green salsa
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Lightly spray a frying pan with cooking spray. Cook the beef on medium-high for about 3 minutes, breaking into small pieces. Add the onion and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. Drain off any fat or soak up with a paper towel by laying it over the meat and pressing. You may need to do this a couple times.
  • Add the 4 cans of chili beans (do not strain), green salsa, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes. Optional to serve with sour cream, cheese, red onion, cilantro, chips or corn bread.
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One added tip and recipe: Using the {new} Great Northbean Chili Bean, you can make this queso dip. Combine cream cheese + canned tomatoes + chopped white onions with BUSH’S Great Northern Chili Beans.

That’s it, folks! Happy Halloween!

This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans, but as always, all opinions are my own.