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    Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:08 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Wow...You have a lot of awesome ideas here, the Frito Pie, Chili Spahg., Casserole, Chili Ch. Dip. These are all the best ideas. The only other one I can think of is would be what I call Messy Taco's. Just plain taco's jazzed up with the leftover chili and add different fixin's. Plus a nice salad and chili muffins on the side.
    If your like me, after reading all these great idea's, I had a hard time choosing which one I liked best. Good Luck in your choice, and hope you have a very blessed week!! Hugs icon_smile.gif BakingBrenda icon_smile.gif
    Cabin Cat
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:41 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I always make our own pizza dough. When we have chili, the leftovers are just enough to top the pizza. Sprinkle with a cheese of your choice. Serve with a crunchy salad. Gone in no time. icon_wink.gif
    Blue Plate Special
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:54 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Tamale Pie!
    Toss in one can each of black beans, corn, and sliced olives, add 1 cup grated cheese, top with a seasoned cornbread batter, and toss it in the oven for 30 minutes.
    Rosie Posie '88
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:24 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    We love chili, but whenever we have too much leftover, I freeze it in quart-sized zip-locks using about 2 cups per bag. I squeeze out the extra air and lay flat to freeze, then, once frozen, stack the packages vertically so they barely take up any room.

    Whenever I need some chili for a quick dinner (Taco-Chili Salad, Chili Dogs, Chili Burgers, or Chili Nachos), I just take a chili bag from the freezer, cut the bag off the frozen chili, and defrost it in a bowl in the microwave. We can enjoy the chili a month or two later with no fuss.

    It's also wonderful in an omelet with cheddar cheese, diced onions, tomatoes, and sour cream, or over spaghetti with a bit of cream cheese (trust me; it's wonderful!).

    Leftover chili is as valuable as gold in my family. Hope this helps.
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:40 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Easy one, great for kids- my mom called it Tamale Casserole:

    2 c. chili, canned or leftover
    1 can corn, drained
    2 c. crushed corn tortilla chips
    2 c. shredded cheddar

    Dump chili in the bottom of a casserole dish. Dump drained corn on top of that. Dump cheese over that layer, and top with crushed corn chips. Bake at 350 until heated through, about 45 min. to an hour.
    Chef #600492
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:27 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I purposely make "too much" chili. I freeze it in small portions ready to use on top of nacho chips with fresh chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions, black olives and lots of shredded cheese. Serve with sides of salsa and sour cream. Note: you will have to drain off the liquid so the nachos don't get soggy.
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:21 pm Groupie
    Our favorite for leftover chili is Hully Gully (Frito Chili Salad). Similar to a taco salad but oh so much better!
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:49 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    You can freeze it! Put in in ziploc freezer bags and squeeze out the excess air, flatten it somewhat and freeze it. It thaws out fine either in a pot on the stove or dish in the microwave.

    Bon Apetite!
    Chef #779671
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:03 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I'm a big fan of cold salad and hot food-TOGETHER!
    Top shredded cold lettuce with warm chili-top with cheddar, sour cream, olives
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:10 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Yummy Ideas... I would like to add one more to all these wonderful ideas. I love Chili Fries. Just top what ever French Fries you have with chili and what ever cheese you like... Yummy icon_biggrin.gif
    Chef #296231
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:27 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I have a couple of ideas - I would use it in burritos and also a shepherd
    pie using a cornbread topping instead of potatoes. You are lucky to have
    leftover chili - good luck
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:29 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Why not freeze leftovers for another time?
    Linda Lawson
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:39 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I make a Hot Dish with my leftover chili. I take whatever Chili is left, and put it in a casserole dish. I add 1 cup of dry Ready Cut Spaghetti (looks like elbow macaroni). Don't use the elbow macaroni, it will be very mushy. I mix that cup of spaghetti with the leftover chili. If it looks like it may get dry, i add 1 cup of tomato juice with a small can of tomato paste; more if needed. If it needs more kidney beans, then i add them. Stir it all together, add a T. of chili powder, and a tsp. salt. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30-45 minutes. I serve it with warm rolls, and grate some cheese on top if you wish. This is a very good way to use it up. This hotdish recipe i got from an aunt of mine. She brought it to picnics all the time. Everyone loved it. I hope you enjoy.
    Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:19 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My boyfriend asked me to make chili omelets for dinner one night so I sauted some onions in butter. Put fresh tomatoes, and a little cheese with cooked sausage ( had that leftover in the fridge) in the eggs I beat poured that into the pan with the onions then filled that with Frito corn chips crushed up, chili and cheese. And before I plated it I put a dollop of sour cream on the top. He asks for this every time I make chili.
    Chef #1030163
    Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:21 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Have you ever had the taco salad served at a fast food place that also serves chocolate frosty's? I purposely make a large batch of chili because we all look forward to taco salad the next day. Lettuce, shredded cheese, nacho chips, chopped tomatoes, sour cream and a cup of heated chili.
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