Melanie's Chili Recipe -
Melanie's Chili Recipe
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Melanie's Chili

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"This chili is so easy to make and is so good! Trust me. To make a double batch, double everything except the meat and onion. Use 1 can each of pinto and kidney beans, that is how I normally make it."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and garlic. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 17, 2002

Very good, simple chili with just basic ingredients. Our family of five devoured it and needed more. I recommend doubling it as she suggests, but use all kidney beans... yum!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 25, 2007

It wasn't flavorful enough- felt more like a tomato sauce than a chili.

Nov 03, 2010

This is better than my mom's chili. Its quick, simple, and absolutely delicious. My husband raved about this.

Nov 17, 2010

I doubled the recipe, but instead of 2 cans of tomato sauce, I used 1 can tomato sauce and 1 can of petite diced tomatoes. I also used 2 cans of Kidney beans instead of pintos, because that it what I had in the pantry. Delicious!

Jan 15, 2007

So very easy and tasty. I ended up adding more of all of the spices. It was a *tad* bit on the tomato side, even with 1.4 lbs. of meat. Topped with green onions and shredded cheese. Oh, and I threw in half a can of diced green chiles that I needed to use.

Oct 17, 2002

Really delicious and so simple to make. Quick and easy!

Mar 11, 2007

I started with this basic recipe, but since I don't much care for tomatoes I halved the diced tomatoes, and doubled everything else, with both pinto and kidney beans as suggested. It came out pefectly for me! I liked the good flavor, but limited number of ingredients, because some of the chili recipes I found were way too complicated.

Oct 16, 2002

I made this recipe with the Homesteader Cornbread recipe from this site. It was VERY good. I doubled the recipe as suggested, and was surprised at how spicy it was. Next time I'll cut back on the spices a bit so the kids can enjoy it, too! Thanks for a great, and very easy, recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 452 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 54.2 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 13.3 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 17.7 g
  • 71%
  • Protein
  • 30.1 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 524 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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