Diane's Cheap and Easy Chili

"An easy, flexible weeknight recipe. Increase/decrease chili powder and chilies to suit your taste. Great with grated cheese or diced avocado."
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  • Crumble ground beef into hot 3-4 qt dutch oven or suitable pot over medium high heat. When browned, add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent.
  • Add beans (undrained), chiles, tomatoes and spices. Return to boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Simmer 20 minutes to blend flavors. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

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  1. P S.7456
    This chili is yumlicious! I doubled the batch and added potatoes and a little bit of chili lime seasoning from Trader Joe's. Mmmm mmm, good!
  2. Amanda D.
    Great recipe Diane! I substituted the ground beef for ground turkey and added diced potatoes, and topped it off with sharp cheddar cheese, avocado slices, and a lightly fried corn tortilla for scooping. It was a delight!
  3. Coraniaid
    I made this to use up some veggies in my fridge that were starting to wilt so there's an extra Serrano pepper in mine and only 2 cans of beans (hey, it's what I had, ok?). Anyways, for something that only took ~50 minutes this was excellent. I didn't know whether to drain off the fat from browning the beef so I left it and I also added the liquid from my jar of tomatoes (halved, crushed in pan while cooking) as well as from the beans & the amount of sauce was excellent.
  4. kitty.rock
    This is a GREAT recipe! and it was cheap and easy too :) I made as written, but used Rotel tomatoes for a little extra heat and I drained and rinsed the beans to reduce sodium. Wonderfully chunky and tasty ~ I did add about 1 cup water/V8 mixed to give it a little juice. A new weeknight keeper recipe. Thanks diane ~ made for ZAAR COOKBOOK TAG, MARCH 2010!
  5. Diana in KS
    Very good! I made this for 6 people and slightly modified it. I would suggest you leave in the juice of the beans otherwise your chili will come out dry. Still good mind you just dry. I combined this recipe with #62571 for a complete meal.



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