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Pantry Chili

Quick and Easy Pantry Chili

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Today I’m bringing you another pantry recipe! Pantry Chili is super easy and full of ingredients that you already have.

We’ve all been on a pantry kick for quite a while. It’s hard to keep things fresh – I totally get that.

When all of this COVID craziness started, I went to the grocery store and bought some canned beans, corn, and tomatoes, thinking I’d use them up immediately.

Well, I didn’t use them as quick as I thought I would, so I turned them into a recipe.

Pantry Chili

The beauty about this recipe is that you can sub out many of these ingredients.

Don’t have black beans? Use kidney beans or cannellini beans!

You can use any kind of ground meat – beef, turkey, sausage, or do away with the meat altogether.

Chili is also a great way to incorporate veggies that are on their last leg.

Looking for other pantry recipes? Check out my Pantry Collection for easy recipes with ingredients you already have!

Jalapeños, onions, peppers, and spinach would all be great in this. The idea is to use up what you have, and make something delicious.

I used sweet potatoes in my chili because they needed to be used and they were absolutely fabulous! Why haven’t we been doing this all along?

I hope the recipe outline below inspires you to use what you have and make it stretch for a day or two before going to the grocery store.

Pantry Chili

Pantry Chili Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, sausage or turkey
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 2 tsp of each spice:
    • chili powder
    • paprika
    • onion powder
    • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 56 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups broth or stock – any kind works!
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 2 cans of beans – I used black and kidney beans, but use what you have!
  • shredded cheddar cheese, limes, cilantro, and sour cream, for serving


Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add your meat to the pot and break up in small pieces.

When the meat is almost all browned, add sweet potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Next, add in your spices and salt and pepper. Mix everything together well.

Add crushed tomatoes, broth/stock, corn, and beans. Mix everything together.

Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, taste and check the flavors. Add more spices if needed.

Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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