Simple Skillet Chili with Biscuits

45 minutes Total Time
25 minutes to prep
20 minutes to bake
4 servings
This is a three ingredient chili topped with some optional cheese and a simple drop biscuit. The final product is impressive for so little work. I adapted this recipe from an Everyday Food magazine recipe. The original was already easy, but I found that I could make it even simpler by removing the garlic and pepper, because those flavors ended up being lost in the final dish.
Use your favorite salsa. A 16-ounce jar is recommended, but a little less or more is fine. This dish is very forgiving, so you can use your favorite ground meat and beans. The corn and cheese are optional. If I have some bits of cheese to use up I will add it, but it is still delicious without. This is not a quick recipe, but it is very easy. The final 20 minutes are in the oven, and the prep is simple.


Ingredients with an * are listed more than once.


  • Preheat the oven to 425°. Gather and prep ingredients.
    Step 0
  • Saute the meat with the salt in an oven-proof skillet over medium heat until pink is gone, breaking up the chunks.
    Step 1
  • Add black beans and salsa. Stir to combine. Raise heat to bring to simmer, then reduce heat to low. Continue to simmer while preparing the biscuits.
    Step 2
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
    Step 3
  • Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter until butter pieces are smaller than pea-size. If you don't have a pastry cutter, you can use two butter knives, or just flatten the butter pieces with your fingers while mixing it with the dry ingredients.
    Step 4
  • Pour buttermilk in with flour mixture and stir with a spoon. Mix gently until no dry flour pockets remain. Batter will still be lumpy.
    Step 5
  • Stir the ground pepper into chili. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
    Step 6
  • If using corn, stir it into the chili.
    Step 7
  • If using cheese, sprinkle it over the top.
    Step 8
  • Drop biscuit batter on top of the chili with a spoon. Arrange the dollops somewhat evenly, but they don't need to be perfect because the biscuits will expand and spread.
    Step 9
  • Place skillet in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the biscuits are lightly browned.
    Step 10
  • Remove from oven. Let cool a few minutes before serving. Leftovers can be frozen.
    Step 11

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