"Quick and easy with little fuss. I used to spend a lot of time simmering and seasoning and this tastes the same! Serve with shredded cheddar on top and a loaf of French or Italian bread. Salad on the side and you have a meal! " — LAMPBER
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1 (16 ounce) can
chili beans, undrained
1 (14.5 ounce) can
peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
chopped green bell pepper
Instead of chili beans I used kidney beans. I had to add the following ingredients to give the chili more flavor. Salt, cumin, cilantro, chili powder, bay leaf, garlic and some dry red wine. This helped to make it a delicious mild type of chili. I served it over polenta with shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
VERY very bland chili (Of course this could be guessed just by looking at the list of ingredients) If you want this to taste anything like what you would expect out of chili, be prepared to add 3 tbsp. Chili Powder, oregano and cumin, maybe some diced jalapenos, and cayenne pepper to taste. This just tasted like beef and beans with tomato flavor (wait...thats pretty much what it is!!)
I wasn't able to find canned chili beans at my grocery store, so I just used a canned bean mix and chili powder. It turned out great, and I am able to make it as spicy or mild as we want. I also found that it was still too runny in the cook time given, so it either needs to be left on longer to reduce, or the canned tomatoes need to be drained a little first.
Used the suggestions of some of the other reviewers and added spices and instead of just regular diced tomatoes I got diced tomatoes with chilies. Also added black beans as well.
The last review must have forgoten about the "chili beans". Chili beans come complete with chili flavored liquid. I think she might have boo boo'd on the ingredients.
This is really close to how my mom always made chili when I was growing up. She kept things simple and sometimes simplicity is best. I used 2 cans of hot chili beans, undrained, with two large cans of crushed tomatoes, undrained. I added a packet of chili seasoning mix and left out the green pepper. The canned chili beans come in chili juice so I think it would be fine without the seasoning packet.
I am giving this five stars due to the work vs. reward. Sure, there are better chili recipes out there, but they also call for tons of ingredients, more work and lots of simmering. If it's quick, satisfying and tasty that you're looking for, this is great; it's cheap to make, too. I made mine with Johnsonville Italian sausage this time, but it's great with ground beef too. Also, try using different types of diced tomatoes, such as the ones with green chilis. I like mine with cheese and crushed-up saltines. :)
I think this is a great base recipe. I have used this with several substitutes based on what I had on hand. I've used with a bottom round cubed up very small when I didn't have ground hamburger. I used green chiles when I didn't have green pepper. Very versatile very flexible. I just toss it all in the slow cooker for about 4-5 hours on high. Thank you for sharing!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Easy Chili II
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 167
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