Easy Stuffed Pepper Chili

This easy stuffed pepper chili is such a flavor-packed easy recipe for any week night. The ingredients keep for a long time, and it comes together in under 30 minutes. This is the perfect recipe to make when you don’t know what to make! The smokiness of the chipotle in adobe makes this a unique chili that you won’t be able to get enough of. Lots of hidden veggies as well!

Why you’ll love this easy stovetop chili

  • This easy stuffed pepper chili comes together in about 30 minutes and it’s packed with flavor.
  • The ingredients in this recipe either keep for a long while in the refrigerator, can be frozen, or are canned! So this is a great, last minute recipe when you are looking to use up those peppers and onions in your refrigerator.
  • This recipe is so Smokey and spicy, it will become one of your favorite last minute meals.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Dutch oven – You can also use a large pot with a lid. A Dutch oven is nice though, because it retains a lot of heat, and allows the chili to cook down more quickly. If you are looking for a new kitchen pot, highly recommend getting a Dutch oven.
  • Wooden spoon – You can also use a spatula or your favorite plastic spoon. I prefer a wooden spoon for this, but it’s all about preference!
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – or if you would rather measure with your heart, that’s ok too!
  • Blender – I use the Beast Blender. It’s easy to get in and out of the cabinet for a job as small as this. You can also use a magic bullet, if that’s what you have.
  • Knife – Whatever your favorite knife is to chop those veggies!
  • Cutting board – For chopping.

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Ingredients & substitutions

  • Ground beef – I prefer to use grass fed pasture raised beef. I get this from a local farm. Do yourself a favor and find a good resource for quality, responsibly raised beef!
  • Ground sausage – Again, find yourself a resource that sells quality meat.
  • Sweet mini pepper – I like to have the mini sweet peppers on hand, and they are great for throwing together a recipe like this. You can also use bell peppers if you prefer.
  • Medium yellow onion – I use yellow onion as it is a little sweeter, but any bulb onion will do.
  • Taco seasoning – You can use a packet or you can try to make your own taco seasoning!
  • Chunky salsa – I use Pace thick and chunky, but use your favorite salsa.
  • Garlic cloves – You can use fresh garlic or minced garlic. In a pinch you can use garlic powder, but fresh is best for this recipe!
  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes – I used Hunts. Use your favorite.
  • Chipotle in adobo – I blend this up so the chipotle pepper isn’t just one big chunk. If you choose not to blend it, I would cook the chili with it whole, then remove the pepper before serving.
  • Water – You need just a little water to thin it out just a bit.
  • Cooked rice – I cook my rice ahead of time in bone broth to add a little more nutritional value.
  • Shredded cheddar – The sharp stuff is best! I always buy a block and shred my own. It seems to melt much better than the kind that come pre-shredded.
  • Olive oil

How to make this easy chili recipe on stove

Step 1. Dice peppers and onions, and mince the garlic.

Step 2. Warm olive oil over medium high heat in your Dutch oven. Add the onions, peppers and garlic and cook until fragrant.

Step 3. Add your ground beef and ground sausage to the pot and break up while cooking.

Step 4. To a blender, add your can of chipotle in adobo and blend until smooth.

Step 5. Once meat is pretty well cooked, add can of tomatoes, taco seasoning, salsa, blended chipotle in adobo, and water and mix well. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Let cook for about 20 minutes.

Step 6. Shred cheese and set aside.

Step 7. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup cheese and rice to the pot and stir until combined.

Step 8. Serve with more cheese.

FAQs about stovetop chili

Can you freeze this chili?

I would not recommend freezing it because of the rice. Thawing this chili with the rice in it can make the rice quite mushy.

Can you cook chili on a stovetop all day?

Yes you can! If you plan to cook it all day, be sure to leave the rice and cheese out until right before you are going to serve.

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Easy Stuffed Pepper Chili

Smokey and spicy 30 minute meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 350 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Dutch oven or large pot with cover
  • 1 spatula or wooden spoon
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • 1 blender
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Cutting board

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 2 cups sweet mini pepper diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 14.5 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes I used Hunts
  • 7 ounce can Chipotle in adobo blended
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1.5 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Dice peppers and onions, and mince the garlic.
  • Warm olive oil over medium high heat in your Dutch oven. Add the onions, peppers and garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add your ground beef and ground sausage to the pot and break up while cooking.
  • To a blender, add your can of chipotle in adobo and blend until smooth.
  • Once meat is pretty well cooked, add can of tomatoes, taco seasoning, salsa, blended chipotle in adobo, and water and mix well. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Let cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Shred cheese and set aside.
  • Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup cheese and rice to the pot and stir until combined.
  • Serve with more cheese.
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