30-Minute Chili Recipes That Will Save Your Monday Night

Thanks to these recipes, there's no need to spend all day on hearty chili for supper.



It's hard to beat a warm bowl of chili for dinner on a crisp evening. Lucky for you, chili doesn't have to be reserved for weekends with these quick and easy versions. With these recipes, making chili doesn’t need to be an all-day affair. You can whip up delicious chili right before supper and everyone at the dinner table will thank you for it. Whether you prefer beef, chicken, or veggie chili, you can still have a weeknight dinner ready in just 30 minutes with one of these easy recipes. We’ve gathered our seven best chili recipes that cut time but don’t skimp on that hearty taste you’re craving. Even though they will be ready in just a half hour or less, these chili recipes are still packed with flavor. Top off your chili with sour cream and Cheddar cheese, or serve alongside a classic grilled cheese or cornbread for a meal that every member of the family will enjoy.

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30-Minute Chili

Ground Beef Recipes: 30-Minute Chili
Southern Living

In addition to short prep time, this recipe also has a short ingredient list. If you're looking for a quick twist on traditional chili, the recipe also includes substitutions to make an Italian-style chili that's ready in, you guessed it, just 30 minutes.

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Vegetarian Skillet Chili

Vegetarian Skillet Chili
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Christine Keely

Packed with flavor from mushrooms and both sweet and hot peppers, you wont even miss the meat is this veggie chili. Make it in a cast iron skillet to cut time and boost flavor on a busy Meatless Monday.

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Super Quick Chili

Super Quick Chili
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Whether you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner the kiddos will love or a quick meal for a Saturday tailgate, this comforting chili recipe is made to satisfy. It's all the more enjoyable when served in a hollowed-out dinner roll.

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Instant Pot Chili Mac

Instant Pot Chili Mac
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

This comfort food mashup is all you could ask for and more. Luckily, twice the comfort doesn't mean twice the time either. Thanks to your trusty Instant Pot, meaty pasta goodness comes together in just 30 minutes.

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Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili Recipe
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

While this recipe calls for meatless crumbles, you can easily substitute it for for one pound ground round to create a meaty black bean chili. Your family or guests will think you spent all day in the kitchen, but it comes together in under 30 minutes.

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Turkey Pumpkin Chili

turkey pumpkin chili
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

On a chilly fall night, this warm meal is exactly what the doctor ordered. Throw this meal together in just half an hour after the long day, then settle down to warming, seasonal chili that's primed for sneaking in a few extra hearty veggies if you please.

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White Lightning Chicken Chili

White Lightning Chicken Chili
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

This hearty chicken chili lives up to its name and can be on your table for you family to enjoy in just 30 minutes. This white chili enhanced with navy beans and chopped green chiles tastes best served with cornbread.

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