Quick Beef and Pinto Bean Chili

Total Time
22 min
14 min
8 min
Chili doesn't get any easier than this — we used well-spiced convenience foods to boost the recipe's flavor while minimizing preparation and cooking times.


cooking spray

1 spray(s)

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

frozen mixed vegetables

1 package(s), chopped onion and bell pepper mixture

uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)

canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz, with chipotle chiles*

canned crushed tomatoes

1 cup(s), fire-roasted

chili powder

2 tsp, medium heat suggested

dried oregano

¼ tsp, crushed

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

canned pinto beans

15 oz, rinsed and drained


  1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add garlic and frozen vegetables; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables thaw and any liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Add beef; cook, stirring frequently, breaking up clumps of beef with a wooden spoon, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, salt, black pepper and beans; cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until some liquid evaporates, meat is cooked through and chili thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Yield about 1 1/4 cups per serving.


*If you can’t find canned diced tomatoes with chipotle chilies, either use a 14.5 ounce can of plain diced tomatoes and add 1/8 teaspoon of chipotle chile powder to the mixture, or substitute a 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (the latter will be quite spicy).Substitute lean ground turkey or chicken for the beef if you prefer (could affect SmartPoints value and cooking time).

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