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Microwave Mug Chili - Thee perfect single serve meal that can be made in less than 5 minutes in the microwave

Microwave Mug Chili

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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 - Thee perfect single serve meal that can be made in less than 5 minutes in the microwave
Microwave Mug Chili
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
12 mins
Servings: 1
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 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
  1. In a medium sized microwaveable mug, combine all of your ingredients.
  2. Cover with cling wrap and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve topped with sour cream, avocado and chopped green onion.
  5. Enjoy with myMicrowave Mug Blondie for a sweet addition!
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  1. Debra Hunt on February 26, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    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,,

    • Gemma Stafford on February 26, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Yum, i love those additions!

  2. Haley on June 16, 2018 at 7:46 am

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

    • Gemma Stafford on June 17, 2018 at 3:18 am

      Hi Haley,
      No! Use a little paprika if you wish, that will be sufficient, but really to your own taste is always best,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Shi'Anna Tullos on November 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    What is the nutritional information for this recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 12, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Hi there,
      I did not work this out, but you can. There are about 75 calories in 2oz of cooked pasta. There are some very useful calculators online. Google this one (my a good calculator here,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Chiqui Suarez on October 4, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    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.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 5, 2017 at 1:22 am

      Hi Chiqui,
      There are a number of recipes here on the website which will fill that bill!
      Pancakes are a great kid’s breakfast, and there are some mug recipes too, along with granola, cereal bars etc.
      You have given me an idea though, I should perhaps gather all of these together under one ‘Breakfast’ tag, thank you for that. Take a walk through the website, and you will see what I mean, Gemma 🙂

  5. BubblinBonnie on September 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

    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 loves it! Thanks Again-Hey Y’all try it you’ll like it!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 21, 2017 at 1:56 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, I love this as an ingredient, it is such a deep flavor, and a great addition to many dishes, marinades etc. Good job!
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Hannah Oh on September 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

    GENIUS! I love chili! (and this recipe)

  7. Sushma.V on September 9, 2017 at 10:12 am

    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 ??

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2017 at 5:35 am

      Hi Sushma,
      Thank you for your kind review, and ideas too.
      I am not sure that I could make a Worcestershire sauce! it is a fabulous ingredient though, and I will check it out.
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Melanie RATHJE on September 9, 2017 at 8:51 am

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

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2017 at 5:43 am

      That is very good to hear, thank you Melanie,
      mwah to you too!
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Amanda on September 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I love this chili recipe. I have made it twice , the only thing I changed the second time was that i added 2 tablespoons of ketchup to cut down on the spiciness.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 3, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Hi Amanda,
      good idea! it also adds a little sweetness, which tends to soften the spices, well done you,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Allison on August 31, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Everything looks delicious! I can’t wait to make them.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

      hi Allison,
      download the free copy of the e-book here, you can keep it on your desktop for easy reference (
      good to have you with us,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Ann on September 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

        Love it!!! Eat it frequently.

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