Easy 3 Ingredient Chili (Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

This easy and quick 3 Ingredient Chili can be made in the stovetop or slow cooker. Yes, it’s very TASTY and the whole family will love it!



Even though I am not a winter fan at all I do have two perfectly good reasons why I can tolerate (perhaps even love!) the cold season – fashion and food!

Let’s talk about fashion first. I just love fall and winter fashion – the boots, scarves, coats, hats or headbands and what have you…. I just love to dress up during fall and winter.

I get excited digging up in the closet what I can wear again for the next few months and finding out which ones fit well with a particular pair of shoes or scarf, etc.

The best part is that you don’t even need to buy expensive clothes as long as you can properly mix and match your outfit with your accessories.



When it comes to food, again there are so many delicious choices for fall or winter. Of course, it helps that the cold season has two of the most celebrated holidays too – Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Once the temperature gets into the 60s (in fahrenheit of course because we use celsius in Manila and that would be extremely hot!!!)  – for us that means chili time!

This is my third chili recipe here on the blog as we truly love it. So far this has been the easiest one that I have made and already we have made this twice in a week.



When the family is in the mood for chili and I am pressed for time, you can be sure this is the recipe I turn to!

I love that when you’re in a hurry you can make this in the stove top and it takes literally just 10 MINUTES!

Yes, seriously! But if you wish to make this a few hours ahead, then use the slow cooker instead.



Either way it’s fuss-free and quick to make so it’s the perfect meal for a busy night and for busy moms like me this is truly handy!



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Easy 3 Ingredient Chili (Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

By: Manila Spoon

October 30, 2015

This easy and quick 3 Ingredient Chili can be made on the stovetop or slow cooker. Yes, it’s very TASTY and the whole family will love it!


  • 1 pound ground Beef
  • 1 can (15 oz) Chili Beans (use your favorite brand)
  • 1/2 cup Salsa (use your favorite brand and spice level you can tolerate)



  1. Heat a large skillet to medium and cook the ground beef until it changes its color or has turned brown. No need to use oil if your ground beef has a little fat.
  2. If using a SLOW COOKER, transfer the cooked ground beef to the crockpot then stir in the chili beans and salsa. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste if desired.
  3. If using the stovetop, add the chili beans and salsa and stir everything. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste if desired. Serve immediately with sour cream, cheese, and some chopped fresh cilantro for garnish, if you wish.

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: O minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes for stove top or 3 hours for slow cooker
Total Time: 10 minutes for stove top or 3 hours for slow cooker




  1. October 30, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Three ingredients! Sounds good to me! Slow cooker meals are the best! Looks delicious!

    • October 30, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Slow cooking is always a great option! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. October 30, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    Fab idea! We had something very similar tonight with a tin of tomatoes with garlic and chilli but I didn't put any beans in as we had in soft flour taco shells.

  3. October 31, 2015 / 1:47 am

    I love this dish Abby as it's so easy to make and very healthy too. Perfect for families on the go who really like sitting down to a hearty meal.

  4. October 31, 2015 / 3:23 am

    Absolutely love how easy this chili is! Doesn't get any better than this 🙂

  5. October 31, 2015 / 5:08 am

    Pretty much the easiest chili recipe I have ever read! looks tasty too. Pinned and yummed!

  6. October 31, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    Now that's a quick and easy recipe! And I'm sure it's tastes fantastic, perfect for a busy weeknight!

  7. October 31, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    I can never have enough chili and slow cooker meals in my house–looks great!!

  8. November 1, 2015 / 6:19 am

    Now that the weather has become cold here this chilli sounds like the best idea!

  9. November 1, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    This looks wonderful for those cold days.

  10. November 1, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    I'm with you on fall fashion – boots + scarves are my favorite thing to wear! Your version of chili looks so delicious and easy.

  11. November 2, 2015 / 5:07 am

    I love that this is only 3 ingredients AND a slow cooker recipe; perfect for busy weekdays!

  12. November 2, 2015 / 9:47 am

    This looks so easy to make and delicious!

  13. November 2, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Haha, I LOVE this time of year, and food and fashion are 2 of the main reasons. Winter clothes are just the best and comforting meals like this are just perfect.

  14. November 2, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    It looks so good! Easy and tasty!

  15. November 2, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    What a fun recipe! I love making chili for football parties! And the crock pot rocks! You know I'll be making this one soon!

  16. November 5, 2015 / 5:54 am

    what a great recipe and easy is the way to go at busy times….but no shortcut on flavour…yummy xoxo

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