It's "Chili" Out Today!


Some people are chili connoisseurs. They have a signature chili recipe that they have fine-tuned and they readily boast of the unique qualities that make it "the best chili EVER."

Others of us - not so much. If you are in the latter category, I am about to give you my "canned" chili recipe that is super simple but comes out tasting so perfect, you'll be able to claim it was passed down from your ancestors, or that you've slaved over variations of it for years to get it just right.

My favorite thing about this recipe is the easy way you can adjust how spicy/hot it turns out, which is nice if you have kids who like a milder version.

Amy's Perfectly Easy Chili

2 lbs. ground beef
2 cans kidney beans (15 oz each)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes (15 oz each)
2 packages McCormick chili seasoning, one original and one mild
2 teas. salt
1/2 teas. black pepper
1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
1 can tomato paste
1 & 1/2 cups water

Brown ground beef slowly and pour off fat. Saute onion and green pepper in butter or oil. Put beef in a large pot, add kidney beans, onion, and green pepper and cook for 15 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and chili seasoning packets; cook for another 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper; simmer another 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and water and cook slowly for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

As it cooks you can add some tomato paste to thicken it up or a little more water to thin it out, to get the consistency you want. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

For milder chili, use two packets of mild seasoning. For hotter chili, use two packets of original seasoning. I use one of each, which will make your nose run, but people who don't like very hot chili will still eat it. It's the perfect amount of "kick."

I make Jiffy Mix cornbread out of the box to go with this - it's moist and sweet and compliments this chili perfectly. (And Jiffy cornbread mix is like .89 a box!)

Best of all, this whole meal comes mainly from cans, packets, and box mixes, and no one you invite over will suspect that you didn't slave over it!

To see more great recipes, visit Rachel and her linky goodness!! And don't forget, she's Food editor at Blissfully Domestic, so even more great recipes can be found by clicking over there.

Happy Monday

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Anonymous said...

yum yum yum!
Now, as a Texan... chili doesn't have beans ;-) LOL.

But that does sound super easy and quite fantabulous!!! I love chili!!!

wanna know a secret for chili?

chocolate. a bit of baking chocolate. seriously. and you can add a dash of cinnamon too. no. really. you can.

Amy, you're awesome!

Michelle Smiles said...

Everyone has a secret for chili - the above chocolate and cinn is a good one. Mine is - replace some of the water with a nice beer. Seriously, just dump it in there. Oh the happiness that results!

Anonymous said...

YUM :)

Must be the cold winter bringing out the hot stuff. I just made chili last week, which was a first for me.

Your recipe looks good, I might try that one next time :)

Anonymous said...

OMG. That looks ridiculous!! Now I am hungry! There is just about nothing better than a giant bowl of chili with crackers crushed in it.

I did my Mouthwatering Monday post too - Potato Soup

Unknown said...

Mm, I love chili. But I don't eat it with beans. No way, no how. :)

Anonymous said...

You know? I think even I could make this one.

Cynthia said...

I will take some please:P

Anonymous said...

That's homemade!!!! It didn't come out of a can and it sounds damned delicious!

Oh and I'm all about the Jiffy cornbread mix too. I have 5 boxes of it up in the cupboard. *lol* Mmmm, maybe I'll make some right now.

And I'm totally with Michelle Smiles on this one...replace some of the water with beer. I think it's one of the things that makes my Tailgate Chili so wonderful!

OHmommy said...

Oh my Amy, I never realized your blogger ID picture. We really are sisters!

Love. The shoes.

Debbie said...

I saw a comment you left somewhere that referred to you being from Nashville and I wanted to say hi to a fellow volunteer. I'm just outside Knoxville.
Love the chili recipe. Chili is on my menu for Saturday.

Anonymous said...

I will see you at Blissdom. Be nice to me. And leave the chili breath at home.

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