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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What's cooking? Wednesday - Cheater's Chili

Cheater's Chili
I admit.  I'm a cheater.  Whenever I make chili from scratch, it turns out really bland (I'm not that good with adding spices) so I cheat.  I open a can or two of chili and use it as a base for a large batch of chili.  Canned chili is really high in sodium and tastes too strong anyway.

 Tonight I made chili for eight people so I used two cans of Nalley's Chili, a quart size freezer bag of pinto beans (I made those from scratch so does that count as homemade?), one half pound of ground beef, one small onion and a bag of frozen diced tomatoes.  You can add anything else you want, such as corn or olives or omit the ground beef.    

Cheater's Chili (for 8-9 people)

2  15 oz. cans chili (any brand)
1/2 pound ground beef (optional)
4 c. cooked pinto beans
1  15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped fine

In large pot, cook ground beef and onion until brown and crumbly.  Add  rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 10-20 minutes.
To serve, put a handful of tortilla chips in a bowl.  Put on a cup or two of chili.  Top with grated cheddar cheese and/or sour cream.

Super easy! 


  1. haha When I saw the title out of the corner of my eye I thought it said "Theater Chili" and I thought to myself "who on earth would eat chili in the theater?!?". haha Thanks for sharing the recipe! I think Reed will like it. :-)

    1. You mean you don't eat chili when you go to the theater? I thought everyone did! :)

  2. Stagg is still the better brand of store-bought chili--although Cattle Drive (Costco) is also really good. Those two go over Nalley in my book...

    1. I do believe I agree with you. I just happened to have some cans of Nalleys chili in the cupboard and they worked fine. So, in response to your comment, I edited my post to make it more generic. I am not endorsing a particular product. Thank you.

  3. Looks yummy! Still waiting for the pinterest button... ;)

    1. I don't know how to do it! I've got to remember to talk to my computer expert about that! Thanks for reminding me :)