Hormel Beanless Chili Copycat

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Wheres_the_Beef

This is a delicious copycat recipe for Hormel Beanless Chili. The secret ingredient in crushed Fritos Corn Chips.They add a unique flavor and texture to the chili. We serve this over hot dogs, hamburgers, polenta, grits, etc.

Top Review by schultzal

As an American living abroad, I have had a craving for chili dogs with Hormel No Beans chili for months. I have to say that this recipe tastes nothing like it. While it is not a bad chili, calling it a copycat recipe is a major miss.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the meat with bacon grease in 4-qt dutch oven. When browned, pour off excess grease except for 2 Tablespoons.
  2. In a 2-qt mixing bowl, add water. Whisk in cornstarch until fully blended. Whisk in flour until fully blended. Whisk in tomato sauce until fully blended.
  3. Stir into the water mixture chili powder, paprika, dried onion, cumin, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add water mixture to meat in dutch oven.
  5. Stir in the crushed fritos corn chips.
  6. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  7. Simmer 45-minutes. Stir well and scrape bottom of pot every 5-minutes to prevent burning.
  8. Serve as is or blend slightly with hand blender for a smoother chili.
  9. Serve over hot dogs, hamburgers, polenta, etc.

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