Hormel Beanless Chili Copycat

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
8 cups




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

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  1. 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.
  2. I have looked and looked for a beanless chili recipe---thank you for this recipe...I am very happy with it and my Husband is looking forward to eating it for dinner. It was really easy and I loved that I had all the ingredients on hand. Thanks, thanks, Thank you---Oh, One question can I put this in a bottle and can it in my pressure canner?
  3. This is a great recipes. I have made it several times and it is always a hit. It does make a huge batch, so be prepared to portion it up and freeze it.
  4. I was looking for a chili recipe and came across this one. I changed it by using 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 can diced tomatoes, seeds rinsed out, 2 cans of Red Kidney Beans, rinsed, instead of flour, and 1 4 oz. can mild chilies, diced. My husband loved it. I make it and after serving him with some cornbread, freeze the rest in 2 cup containers so I can re-heat them for his lunch for the next week.
  5. We found this to be nothing like Hormel and very, very bland. I followed the recipe exactly. Or smelled amazing while it was cooking, so this was quite a disappointment.


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