Today, I want to share with you my family’s Kid Friendly Chili Recipe. Ground beef is sauteed with onions and peppers, then added to diced tomatoes, corn, and beans. It’s delicious and SO EASY!

As a mom, there’s nothing worse than sitting down to a meal and having my children make faces and not eat the food I’ve prepared. It can be downright discouraging.

This kids chili recipe = it’s a complete winner!

I’ve shared this recipe with many other moms, and every one of them has told me that their kids EAT this chili!

Real kids, real families.

Kids' Favorite Chili Recipe - Make a delicious bowl of chili today for your family!

What’s the difference? This chili is chunky. It’s not so “soupy.” Also, it has corn. Corn makes all the difference. Kids adore corn!

We eat our chili with tortilla chips. I think that this makes the chili seem a little more like a dip. I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love dips!

Finally, I don’t know about your family, but with my kids, anything served with tortilla chips HAS to be good!

According to the Mayo Clinic, a good portion of convincing kids to try new foods is just offering it again and again. Also offering familiar foods alongside the new ones can help a child be more open and adventurous when trying new foods. This recipe accomplishes that nicely!

This classic chili recipe is also naturally gluten free. As long as your spices and chili beans are gluten free, this makes an awesome gluten free soup the whole family can enjoy!

Alright, let’s make some super easy Kid Friendly Chili!

Kid Friendly Chili recipe - easy chili recipe that is family friendly - bowl of chili shown topped with cheddar cheese with a side of tortilla chips
Easy Kid-friendly Chili Recipe

Ingredients for Kid Friendly Chili Recipe

1/2 cup of fresh or frozen diced onion 

1/2 cup of diced fresh or frozen green bell pepper

1 roll of ground beef (16 ounces)

2 – 28oz cans of diced tomatoes

1 – 15 oz can of chili beans in sauce (alternately you can use pinto beans with a little extra sprinkle of the spices below)

Frozen corn 1 cup

1 tbsp chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

sprinkle of garlic powder

1 teaspoon oregano

Optional: Serve with tortilla chips and shredded cheddar cheese

Alright, let’s dive into this easy chili recipe!

How to make Kid Friendly Chili

In large soup pot, cook the ground beef on medium heat until browned throughout. Add onions and green pepper to the meat, cook until your vegetables are cooked through (about 5 minutes). 

Next, add the tomatoes, chili beans, corn, and seasonings. Cook until heated completely. We like to let it simmer about 20 minutes.

kid-friendly chili recipe simmering on the stove in a pot

Serve with tortilla chips on the side and a sprinkle of cheddar shredded cheese on top.

There you have it! An awesome family friendly chili recipe that even the kids will enjoy.

If the kids are enjoying it, you are going to enjoy it even more because….what’s that? Absolute silence. Everyone is eating and no one is whining!

That’s what we can a winner! You might just say “Winner Winner, Chili Dinner.”

child shown eating kid friendly chili recipe

I hope your family enjoys this kid friendly chili recipe. Feel free to make it to your family’s taste. If you like spicy chili, just add a bit of cayenne pepper or hot sauce to add some kick.

Or for a little more flavor, add your favorite toppings to this easy recipe like sour cream or green onions. To make a more healthy version, swap out the ground beef for ground turkey. Make this recipe your own! It’s sure to be a family favorite.

Leftover chili can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Want to make this chili in your slow cooker? To turn this into a slow cooker chili recipe, simply brown your beef and onions and then add the rest of your ground beef chili ingredients to the slow cooker and let it cook on slow for 4-6 hours.

You can print a copy of this kid-friendly chili recipe by clicking on the recipe card download link below.

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The Best Kid Friendly Chili Recipe (So Easy!)

Here's a family friendly chili recipe that is super easy to put together. It contains kid friendly ingredients like corn, cheese, and more!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 1/2 cup Onion – fresh or frozen, diced
  • 1/2 cup Green pepper, fresh or frozen, diced
  • 1 roll Ground beef (16 oz)
  • 2 28 oz Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz Canned Chili Beans in sauce
  • 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • Optional: Serve with tortilla chips and cheddar cheese


  • In large soup pot, cook the ground beef until browned throughout.
  • Add onions and green pepper to the meat, cook until your vegetables are cooked through (about 5 minutes).
  • Next, add the tomatoes, chili beans, corn, and seasonings.
  • Cook until heated completely. We like to let it simmer about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with tortilla chips on the side and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese on top.


You can substitute pinto beans for the Chili Beans in sauce – just add a bit more of the spices/seasonings.
Keyword Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Soup
Kid Friendly Chili recipe (child shown eating chili with tortilla chips)

More Gluten Free Kid Friendly Recipes

Love this kid friendly best chili recipe? Be sure to check out some of our other Kid Friendly Recipes (that are also gluten free!)

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Be sure to check out this Red Beans and Rice Recipe. It’s one of my kids’ favorite meals and SO easy to make! The best part is that it only takes 30 minutes to get the whole thing on the table.

If you have a picky eater, don’t miss this article on How to Help Your Picky Eater. We’ve been there, done that! Find advice on how to expand your picky eaters’ taste buds.

If you like spicy food, check out our amazing Grilled Hot Wings recipe here. It’s a great recipe for game day! These buffalo wings are full of flavor and you can control whether you want low heat or to really spice it up.

Also, don’t miss this amazing Kid-Friendly Grilled Zucchini. The combination of spices gives it great flavor that even your pickiest kid will enjoy. Also, it’s a great way to get your kids to eat extra veggies!

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