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May 13, 2020 2 min read

This delicious skillet chili recipe will make you the star of any potluck supper, cookout, or sports party - and it's effortless to prepare and cook!

Check out our skillet chili recipe!


Skillet Chili FAQs

Can you make chili in a cast-iron skillet?

Yes, you certainly can, and we're going to show you how with this stovetop chili recipe, which will deliver perfect results, even for inexperienced cooks. A cast-iron skillet is ideal for this type of low and slow cooking, as it will retain heat well throughout the skillet, and distribute it evenly across the cooking surface, so you don't get burnt spots. The sturdy construction means you can leave your chili to simmer for hours without worrying about your pan warping.

How can I thicken my chili?

If you're looking for a thick chili recipe, you can follow the steps above, and then as you get to the end of the cooking process, if the chili is a little thin for your liking, you have a couple of options. You can either continue to simmer the skillet chili for one or two more hours, which will allow the sauce to reduce as more of the water evaporates. Or, if you don't have time to wait for your chili to reduce, you can mix a little cornstarch with a tablespoon of water in a cup, making sure to mix in any lumps, and then add this mixture to the chili and stir in thoroughly.

How long does it take to cook this skillet chili recipe?

Well, that depends on how long you have. The cooking times we've given in the skillet chili recipe above are a minimum to ensure all the ingredients are cooked, and the flavors have time to develop, but if you have more time, the longer you cook your chili, the better it gets. Some people like to simmer it all day, and even overnight (although we don't recommend you leave your stove unattended with the heat on). If the chili starts to dry out, you can always add a little water or a little extra stock to bring it back to the ideal consistency.

Variations on the skillet chili recipe

You can change things up a little by adding extra ingredients to the basic skillet chili recipe, which we've outlined above. Here are a few ideas which we think work well:

  • Use ground turkey in place of beef for a lower fat, healthier chili
  • Add a dash of chopped fresh chili pepper to kick up the spiciness of your chili
  • Use veggie "meat" to make this vegetarian-friendly - or just double the amount of beans

Of course, you can experiment with your own ideas, too - it's pretty difficult to mess up!

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