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Microwave Mug Chili

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Enjoy a high-protein, single-serving Microwave Mug Chili in minutes with my Make Ahead Mug Meals! Enjoy this Mug Chili and almost 100 Mug Meal recipes!
Microwave Mug Chili - Thee perfect single serve meal that can be made in less than 5 minutes in the microwave

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Does this sound familiar? You get home late after a busy day and you’re craving something homemade and wholesome but you don’t really feel like making a mess in the kitchen. Behold, my Make Ahead Microwave Mug Chili!

You have all seen me make magic happen in a mug. From countless mug cakes in fun flavors like Red Velvet Mug Cake to my mug meals like Microwave Mug Pizza or Microwave Mug Ramen. Well now I’m taking my Mug Recipes to the next level by sharing how to make ahead meals like my Microwave Mug Chili.

This Make Ahead Microwave Mug Chili takes meal prep and makes it so simple while keeping all that Bold flavor. No more boring pre-cooked meats and sides in little containers, this Microwave Mug Chili is the real deal!

The container is small and the effort is low but this Microwave Mug Chili is loaded with protein, vegetables and most of all–flavor. Just a few tablespoons each of red beans, corn, carrot, onion and tomato are mixed up in a mug. Then I spice it up with classic chili flavor in the form of cumin and chili powder.

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The best part is that’s all that’s to it. From here simply cover up your chili and pop it in the fridge. This chili can wait for you in the fridge for up to 3 days meaning meals in minutes all week is one hundred percent possible. This is one of my favorite quick lunches or dinners since after just 2 minutes in the microwave it’s time to dig in! This Make Ahead Microwave Mug Chili is a no brainer. I can’t wait for you to give it a try and feel free to customize it however you want.

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Microwave Mug Chili Recipe

4.5 from 10 votes
Enjoy a high-protein, single-serving Microwave Mug Chili in minutes with my Make Ahead Mug Meals! Enjoy this Mug Chili and almost 100 Mug Meal recipes!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Enjoy a high-protein, single-serving Microwave Mug Chili in minutes with my Make Ahead Mug Meals! Enjoy this Mug Chili and almost 100 Mug Meal recipes!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1


  • 3 tablespoons red kidney beans
  • 3 tablespoons corn
  • 3 tablespoons carrots , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoons onion , finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons canned tomato/ tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chili or tabasco sauce


  • In a medium sized microwaveable mug, combine all of your ingredients.
  • Cover with cling wrap and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to eat remove the cling wrap and microwave for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. This is just to heat through all ingredients.
  • Serve topped with sour cream, avocado and chopped green onion.
  • Enjoy with myMicrowave Mug Blondie for a sweet addition!

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Debra Hunt
Debra Hunt(@debrahunt)
2 years ago

Hi Gemma, just made your chili in a mug ,it was excellent,I did,nt have any kidney beans so I used some drained pork & beans it was Delish made tortilla chips in the microwave to go with it ,,,,,, Thank you for all the Great Mug Recipes,,

Shi'Anna Tullos
Shi'Anna Tullos
4 years ago

What is the nutritional information for this recipe?

Hannah Oh(@hannah-oh)
4 years ago

GENIUS! I love chili! (and this recipe)

3 years ago

Hey Gemma,
I was wondering if Tabasco or Dried Chili is necessary. I personally don’t have a high tolerance for spicy things.

Chiqui Suarez(@chiqui-suarez)
4 years ago

Hi Miss Gemma,

Aside from mug meals and crazy dough series, can you also do a breakfast edition, sort of edition too? My daughter is a little picky when it comes to eating her breakfast that i constantly have to innovate.

1 year ago

Excellent. Thank you!!! Added some vegan cream cheese on top loved it!!

Jiya Patel
Jiya Patel
1 year ago

Hi Gemma, I was wondering if I have to store the chilli in the microwave for 3 days?

4 years ago

I put Worchestershire Sauce in all of my soups & stews & many other things I make it just adds such a depth of flavor to everything I use it in & if you don’t think you like it just stir a bit in at a time & you’ll be amazed at how it works to add that depth of Umami flavor to everything you add it too-I use a lot of Balsamic in soups as well. I make a roasted red pepper & tomato soup that contains both of those in them & everyone I’ve made it for absolutely… Read more »

4 years ago

I just loooove this !!!!! It’s soo rich and unctuous !!!! The only thing I added extra was a little pinch of garam masala and it was really good !!! Can you make a video showing how to make green and red Thai curry paste and all the different kinds of sauces like Worcestershire sauce ??

Melanie RATHJE
Melanie RATHJE
4 years ago

OMG.It worked!!! Thank you Gemma. Tasted really great. Mwah.xoxo

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