Salsa Chili

Salsa chili is the easiest, and simplest chili recipe you will ever make. 4 ingredients and about 10 minutes for the perfect weeknight dinner!

salsa chili I have said time and time again, but I will say it again. I am a LAZY cook. I used to enjoy spending all day in the kitchen but since we added a second kid to the family (who happens to be wild and very time demanding) I don’t have time for that. The goal is to spend minimal time in the kitchen and still have delicious meals to feed my family at the end of the day. We always have chili in the cold seasons, so salsa chili is perfect for only needing to be in the kitchen for a few about 10 minutes. It also doesn’t need to be watched much so if my son is standing on the table and trying to jump 10 feet to the couch I can step away to grab him without worrying about dinner being ruined.

salsa chili

What do you need to make salsa chili?

  • Ground beef- you could also use ground turkey, or shredded chicken.
  • Onion- any yellow or white onion you have on hand. You can also leave this out if you’d like since there is onion in the salsa as well, or add some onion powder!
  • Salsa- Use whatever your favorite salsa is. If you like a spicier chili you can use a hot salsa or add a few dashes of cayenne, and if you are serving this to kids you can use a milder salsa.
  • Pinto beans- we like pinto beans but we have also used kidney beans in the past with good results.

Normally it takes about 7-10 minutes to brown a pound of ground beef. I, however, do not have time for that. I turn the heat up to medium-high so I can get it done in 4-5 minutes. After that You just dump in your salsa, and pinto beans. Once its heated though you are ready to serve. I was not kidding when I labeled this a lazy meal!

Since fall for us is full of activities and cozy family movie nights, this chili recipe is great for quickly giving us all warm full bellies so we can do other things.


Salsa Chili


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and any other chili toppings you like


  • In a large saucepan, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain fat. Stir in the salsa, and beans. Simmer until heated through. Serve with the toppings of your choice.

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