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Tortellini Chili

This chili is perfect for a quick work night meal and a great way to enjoy some tortellini! 

Tortellini Chili

CookingAddic A quick and easy, 30 minute, one pot chili with cheese tortellini that is just perfect comfort food!

Feel free to serve the chili tortellini topped with your favourite toppings like sour cream or greek yogurt and cheese. 


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1+ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 6 cups beef broth or chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 8 ounces fresh cheese tortellini (gluten free for gluten free)
  • salt, pepper and cayenne to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onions and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, chili powder, paprika and cumin and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the beef and brown, about 6-8 minutes, before draining any grease.
  4. Add the broth, beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano and tortellini and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the tortellini is tender, about 10 minutes.

Tortellini Chili

Slow Cooker: Implement steps 1-3, place everything but the tortellini in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or on high for 2-4 hours before adding the tortellini and cooking on high until tender, about 10-15 minutes.

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Option: Start by cooking 4 strips of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces, and use the bacon grease to saute the onions instead of the oil.
Option: Replace some of the broth with beer or coffee.
Option:  This chili benefits from simmering for longer so if you have the time, hold off on placing adding the tortellini and simmer for up to 2-3 hours before adding the tortellini and cooking until tender, about 10 minutes.



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