Sunday, October 16, 2011

Easiest Chili Ever - with variations


1 lb ground beef
1 small onion (optional)
1 small can tomato paste
1 14 oz can tomato sauce (8 oz is pictured)
1 can tomato soup
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can Bush's Chili magic chili starter
1 can kidney beans (optional)
1 12oz can tomato juice (optional)
worcestershire sauce
chili powder to taste (I probably use about 3 Tblsp)
garlic salt to taste

In skillet, brown ground beef with worcestershire sauce and garlic salt. (add chopped onion if you are using)
Put ground beef in dutch oven or very large saucepan
add remaining ingredients
bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer until desired thickness

1.  I've said it before....when it comes to soup, I like to cook it low and slow.  I add a can of water for every canned ingredient, bring to a boil, then simmer for at least 3 hours.  I like for the flavors to meld and the ground beef to really take on other tastes.

2. VEGETARIAN - use vegetarian crumbles instead of ground beef and be sure your beans are vegetarian.  You could also use black beans in place of the ground beef.

3. CROCK POT - use the tomato juice but do not add any water.  This can cook on low for anywhere from 8-12 hours.  I have heard of people putting the ground beef in raw, but I've personally never tried this.  If your crock pot tends to run hot, you might want to add a little water then keep any eye on it after about 6-7 hours until you know how it will turn out. are opening a bunch of cans....that's why it's called easy.  But with seasonings you can make it your own.

Until Next Time.....


  1. This looks a lot like my chili recipe. The ingredients come from cans, jars, and packets and dinner is done in 30 minutes or less. Browning the ground beef is the "hardest" part of making this meal. I like to serve it with either garlic toast or Pillsbury Grands biscuits and garden salad (from the bag).

  2. Yep, I really like an easy recipe now and then. This one has been morphing over the last 20 years, but I like it pretty well right now.

  3. Speaking of morphing recipes, I keep telling msyelf that I'll add a can of corn the next time I make chili, but I always forget. It would certainly make it heartier, not to mention would stretch the recipe. Adding macaroni is another morph that stretches the number of servings as well. Love your page!!!

  4. yep, macaroni, corn or even black beans will make the pot go farther. It's what they did in the "old days" to fill a family! Thanks for the kind words.