Recipe: Quick & Easy 30 Minute Chili

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I love fruits & veggies- and my whole family does, too. Every time I go to the grocery store, I load up on all kinds of produce & make grand plans for it. But while we do eat some every day, and with almost every meal, it still manages to go bad before we can eat it all.

Apparently we aren’t alone- 73% of Americans throw away spoiled fruits & vegetables on average two times a week. That’s a lot of waste, and I totally believe it because when I clean out the fridge on Sundays nights for the trash truck Monday morning, it always feels so wasteful- both of the food & our money. So to help cut down on that,we often buy some of our produce canned.


According to a University of California, Davis study, many canned fruits & vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts. I avoid fruits packed in heavy syrup & reach for the “no salt added” variety whenever available for veggies, so I am still making healthy food choices for my family but have some more flexibility on when we eat them. I always have a few cans of cold fruit in the fridge ready to be served chilled as a side for dinner, and there are always various vegetables in my pantry ready to be paired with a meal or used as an ingredient.

In fact, I cook with cans quite often- and not just with vegetables. Whether it’s soup, beans, broth or produce, I use them several times per week- and sometimes several in just one recipe! For example, I made chili for dinner the other night & used several cans!

Quick & Easy 30 Minute Chili by @NotQuiteSusie


-1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
-1 can {15 oz.} Bush’s Best dark red kidney beans {drained}
-1 can {15 oz.} Bush’s Best white beans {drained}
-1 can {15 oz.} tomato sauce
-1 can {15 & 1/4 oz.} Del Monte Fresh Cut Whole Kernel Corn {drained}
-1 & 1/2 cups water
-1/4 tsp ground cumin
-1 & 1/2 tsp chili powder
-1 tbsp garlic powder


-In a large saute pan, cook ground turkey until done
-Stir in everything else, and bring to a boil.
-Reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes.
-Optionally, top with Mexican shredded cheese and/or sour cream.

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What canned good can you not live without?

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  1. Mmmm! Yummy!

  2. ooooh yummy!!!!
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  3. That looks good. I like Bush’s beans.
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  4. Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods.
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  5. This recipe looks perfect for a busy weeknight!
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  6. Mmmmm chili. Must try.
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  7. I love making my own chili! I haven’t made it in quite some time, now I’m inspired!!!
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  8. This is pretty much how I make chili, minus the corn.

  9. Yum, chili is one of those foods that really should have it’s own category.
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  10. Looks really good!

  11. Looks good … and easy
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  12. Thanks! I could even heat this up without power thanks to our woodburning stove. Great emergency meal for tornado season when we loose power often.
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  13. Oh, now I have to make chili.
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  14. Looks very tasty!
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  15. We make something similar. I call it 1 can chili!
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  16. Looks delish! We do something very similar!
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  17. Lots of people will probably cringe at this, but I absolutely love SPAM. Meat in a can? Who cares! It tastes really good!
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  18. I saw the headline for “30-minute Chili”, and thought, there’s just no way. But it sounds tasty. I’ll have to whip some up.
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  19. I prefer to avoid processed foods but if that is all one has it is better than no fruits and veggies.
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  20. Looks so good and I love how easy it is!
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  21. I love a good chili and I”m all about quick and easy!
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  22. I’m a girl who loves a good chili and that looks GOOD!

  23. Unfortunately, we are part of that 73%. We buy canned green beans & peas, mostly.
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  24. Yum I love chili
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  25. I really love chili but haven’t made it in a while. I’m going to try this recipe as it looks easy and convenient.
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  26. I always have a cans of veggies in the pantry. It is so convenient!
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  27. that chili looks delish — and super easy!
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  28. Sounds good, I like the idea of mixing some white beans to change it up a little
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  29. Looks delicious!

  30. Our family loves chili! Will have to try this one out!
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  31. Now I’m in the mood for chili!

  32. Really? It’s that painless? I’ll have to try it as I’m a big ‘can’ fan!
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  33. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It seems great to have on hand during those hectic afternoons.
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  34. We eat our veggies from a can unfortunaltly. Glad to know they aren’t so bad.
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  35. Sounds like a great quick meal. Plus I love adding turkey instead of beef and the family can never tell. Great recipe!

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