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plaza chili recipe instructions

Plaza Chili Recipe

Easy, quick, inexpensive chili recipe. Roughly $6 worth of ingredients can be served in a warm bowl in about 30 minutes. Delicious
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 150 kcal



  • 2 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced

Canned Goods

  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can red beans
  • 1 can pinto beans


  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • ΒΌ tsp cinnamon

Optional Toppings

  • cilantro, chopped
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • tortillas or tortilla chips
  • cinnamon rolls (for the bizarre people on twitter)


Prep the veggies

  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large pot on the stove over medium heat
  • Dice up all of the vegetables

Cook the veggies

  • Add the veggies to the hot oil, sprinkle on a pinch of salt, and stir
  • (OPTIONAL: this is where you'd add the meat if desired)
  • Once the onions and peppers soften, toss in the spices and cook for 1 min

Add the canned goods

  • Crack open the 4 cans and toss them in the pot, stir to combine
  • Cook at a simmer for 10 minutes at least so flavors mingle


  • Serve in a bowl with any of the optional toppings


This recipe at its base is vegetarian but feel free to add in a pound of your favorite meat. I like ground sausage or sirloin but diced chicken, turkey, or steak works equally well.
Feel free to ramp up or down the spices or number of jalapeno to your liking.
If you have more time you can roast the veggies in the oven at 425 for about 20-30 minutes to bring out the flavors. Similarly you could put the finished chili in an oven at 350 degrees to develop the flavors (and keep it warm if you make it early).
Keyword vegetarian