30-Minute Chili

This weekend was very emotional for me and one that I'm trying to forget. When I'm in one of these moods I tend to fall into my depressive state and and when I get depressed I start eating. For those that are new to my blog I shared my story on my depression and while journaling is helpful, eating is also one of those things that comfort me. While others thrive on alcohol I love food and there are so many comfort foods that I love including chili. A good bowl of chili can warm you from your head to your toes and our 30 minute chili is no exception. Sometimes you want to eat and you want to eat fast to forget about your problems. If you're short on time and want something for your family for dinner, a nice quick chili is something that you can do and all you need here is 30 minutes.

Here is what you'll need.


1 pound lean ground beef
2 15-ounce cans chili beans
1 11.5-ounce can of V8
1 small onion, diced
1 green onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon Red Hot sauce, optional
Crushed red pepper, optional


In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

When the oil is hot, add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened.

Add the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink, breaking up the large pieces as it cooks.

Add the garlic and the spices and cook for 1-2 more minutes or until fragrant.

Add the beans and V8 and bring to a simmer.

Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes.

Taste and add the Red Hot, if desired. This is the only heat I use in this, because we love the flavor. If you like to spice it up even more, add crushed red pepper (or any hot sauce you like).

Taste and adjust seasonings. If it tastes too acidic or tomato-y, you can add a pinch more sugar to balance it out.

Stir in the green onion at the last minute and serve.


Serve with whatever your family likes alongside their chili. We are fans of cornbread, extra cheese and sour cream, but a lot of people like Fritos or even elbow macaroni!

Using all chili beans creates a very creamy chili. For a more classic consistency, you can use one can of chili beans and one can of kidney beans.


  1. I have to try this. We LOVE chili in the winter in our house :)

  2. What's better than a hot meal in 30 minutes? I'm a big fan of cheese and sour cream myself.
    so sorry about the depression. This time of year starts to get tough for me. I'm a warm weather girl, and of course, it's more than that. thinking of you.

  3. Yummy. Looks amazing. I love how fast it is to make. Perfect dinner.

  4. That looks delicious, and I like that it's so quick and easy to make. I hope you're feeling better.

  5. I love a good chili in the winter and fall. And who doesn't love a 30 minute meal?

  6. Oh wow what a great sounding recipe - I love the fact that it only takes 30 minutes. x

  7. Ooh we love chile, and especially in the Fall time. Even though it's still hot here in Miami, I like to get into the Fall mood with these dishes :-)

  8. This is an awesome idea. I love chili on cold days but the two hour prep with our current recipe can deter me.

  9. That sounds like a great recipe. We love chili in these parts!

  10. I love a good bowl of chili. I have this to go on my meal plan next week!!

  11. Sorry to hear you're in a spot with the depression right now. Let me know if you need anything!

    I wish we were closer because this is my kind of comfort food! :)

  12. Hope you are feeling better. This looks like a wonderful recipe. Sounds delicious and I know my family would love it. - Jeanine

  13. I would never have thought to put V8 in my chili. I am going to try this the next time I make a batch.

  14. I have never tried V8 in my chili before, but now I have to try it. It is definitely chili season and I have been having a craving for it.

  15. Oh wow, Chili in 30 minutes? I would love to try this!

  16. Oh I didn't know you could make chili in 30 minutes lol! This looks really yummy!

  17. This looks so delicious and easy to make. It would be great when you do not have a lot of time to make dinner. I will have to try this recipe.

  18. My husband loves chilli. However, we don't eat beef so he makes his with ground turkey. You recipe looks delicious and the next time we will try it with ground mutton (goat).

  19. I never thought eating could be a good choice to comfort when you are depressed, may be I should try it out. The recipe looks absolutely healthy & delicious as well & my husband loves anything with chilli so much.