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a bowl of ground beef chili with avocado and green onions

30 Minute Ground Beef Chili

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  • Author: Laney Schwartz
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop, Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Craving hearty chili with ground beef? This quick-fix 30-Minute Ground Beef Chili has you covered! Perfect for a busy weeknight when you need something warm, comforting, and packed with protein and lots of flavor in just half an hour!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1 can red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 lime

Optional Garnishes

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Tortilla chips
  • Avocado


  1. Preheat a large pot over medium/high heat.
  2. Add the oil, onion, bell pepper and a pinch of salt and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the ground beef, salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, chili flakes and cinnamon and cook for 5-7 minutes, breaking up the meat while it cooks.
  5. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, beef broth, kidney beans, pinto beans and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Finish with the juice of 1 lime. Serve with your favorite toppings.