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With just 5 simple ingredients and about 30 minutes you can pull together this easy dinner recipe — perfect for those busy weeknights when you need a nutritious meal on the table FAST! Aunt Bee’s 5-Ingredient Cowboy Chili is healthy and filling comfort food that everyone loves!

Cowboy Chili  in a white bowl topped with chips

When I think of “cowboy food,” I think of simple, hearty, and bold ingredients…plus beef and pinto beans! This chili definitely meets that criteria. 🙂

Borning and leave simmering in the Crock Pot all day long. But let’s be real: there are plenty of days when I’m just not that organized. Instead, I’m scrounging around at the last minute to try to figure out what I can feed my family (with the food that I have in my house).

Cowboy Chili in a white bowl topped with sour cream and scallions

Aunt Bee’s chili recipe is perfect for those last-minute rushed evenings because it uses just a few very basic kitchen staples and it comes together in about 30 minutes.

How To Serve Your Cowboy Chili

My kids like it served over elbow macaroni, but I also think it’s great on its own topped with some Fritos or served with a side of skillet cornbread (there’s nothing wrong with a boxed mix!).

Here are some extra topping you might also like;

  • Sour cream
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Chives
  • Scallions
  • Cooked bacon
  • Serve with salad

Cowboy Chili in a white bowl topped with chips and sour cream

File this one away…you just might need it SOON!

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Aunt Bee's 5-Ingredient Cowboy Chili

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 171 kcal
An easy 5 ingredient cowboy chili that's so comforting and easy to make


  • 1 ½ lb. ground beef
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cans pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup chili sauce
  • For serving: Fritos or other corn chips or tortilla chips; cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions


  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet.
  • Stir in soup mix, chili powder, beans, chili sauce, and 1 ½ cups water. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
Keyword: chili recipe
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: The Seasoned Mom


Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Oh this five ingredient chili sounds amazing, Blair! What a perfect bowl of comfort food! I’ve never made a chili with so few ingredients before, so I’m loving this. Just perfect!

  2. Yup, down here in Arizona, a lot of “cowboy food” is served, and it’s always about the beef and the beans! 🙂 More and more lately, I’m scrambling to get dinner made and served last-minute, and this chili is such a perfect meal for that! Pinning to make soon!

  3. Am going to make aunt bee’s chili tomorrow. .sounds awesome!…will let you know how it turns out..will make the dump and bake in a day..all sounds wonderful

  4. I am curious to try recipes on your site. I like to cook but i have tried others recipe and alot seem to not taste as good as they say or maybe they leave out ingredients………i am trying aunt bees swedish meatballs and tuna casserole………..i will let you know,thx tom cook

    1. Hi, Tom! I hope that you enjoy the recipes! Aunt Bee’s meatballs are a family favorite!