"This is the easiest chili recipe, and it is delicious and sure to please everyone. Using home canned tomatoes gives the best flavor, but is not necessary. Enjoy." — Michelle
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4 (14.5 ounce) cans
1 (15 ounce) can
1 (15 ounce) can
kidney beans with liquid
This is the only chili recipe I will make now. I do make some changes which I think makes it even better. Instead of using 4 cans of stewed tomatoes, I use 2 cans of stewed tomatoes and 2 cans of diced tomatoes w/ green chilis. This makes the chili spicy. If you don't like much spice, but want some spice, try 3 cans of stewed tomatoes and 1 can of the diced tomatoes w/green chilis. I think it's Del Monte that makes the diced tomatoes w/green chilis. I also add more beans and more chili powder. I keep twirking the recipe until I get what I like. I'm going to be making this for a chili cook-off really soon, so I'm hoping everyone likes it as much as my family does!
Like another reviewer said, this is like a pasta sauce! This does not have enough of a "chili" flavor. I do thank you for giving a great foundation recipe to build upon.
My tweaks that came out perfect for my family.
8 oz dried pinto beans
(cooked by instructions)
1.5 lbs ground beef
4 garlic cloves
28 oz tomatoe sauce
2Tbl chili powder
1/2tsp chili flakes
2tsp cocoa powder
Our family loved this recipe...even the kids. Rather than plain chili powder, I used The Spice Hunter brand's "Chili Powder Blend" which has cocoa powder, cumin, cinnamon and cloves, among other things. I really think that added a great flavor. I also used S&W brand Mexican seasoned stewed tomatoes. Delicious! One more thing,...I added my kidney beans in with the tomatoes rather than waiting an hour and it turned out fine.
Super easy to make and turned out great! I used a crock pot on low for about 4 hours.
This is a good starter. I did tweak & I added 2 can's of Bush's Chili beans & 1 can of Ranch style beans, instead of 4 cans of stewed tomatoes, I used 2 cans & added 1 can of Ro-tel (mild) We like our chili thick & not soupy.
*I've made this Chili again tonight and I have to say it's a favorite because it makes for easy, tasty, creative changes.
Hot Green Chili Powder (Hatch Chili's) as a substitute for Chili Powder. Additonal toss in options, corn meal to thicken, cocoa for flavor and richness, black beans, white beans, chili beans in place of or in addition to red kidney beans adds more color and flavor.
I've used fresh onion, dried onion and no onion. Oh, and instead of using ground beef I've opted to use a steak which I chopped into tiny cubes.
I haven't found one to top this and I'm not going to start looking any time soon.
great recipe..i added more beans..some cumin powder...tomato paste to thicken ..a little brown sugar .. thanks alot made it a few times i will continue..
I was so surprised, I almost didn't make it because it seemed too easy. My old recipe has tons of ingredients and it's very time consuming. This was fast and my family liked it! I did use 3 cans of stewed tomatoes (which I diced up) and 1 can of the Rotel hot diced tomatoes. Used a little extra chili powder. And, I used a can of the hot chili beans. Just the right spice for us.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 281
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