Friday, September 2, 2011

3 Ingredients - Super Easy Chili (can be Crockpot)

One of our daughters is Super Picky! But, I have to compliment her and say that at age 23, she is working hard to increase the variety of foods she likes. She doesn't like that she's so picky.

This is one of the recipes she found that she loves. I am a chili lover! I love all chili - no matter how bland, spicy, thick, thin, chunky, red, or brown. So it didn't matter to me which kind of chili she found that she liked, it was just nice to find a recipe that she did like because there are days that nothing satisfies like a big pot of chili!

A friend had us out for our now annual Christmas gathering and she made this terrific chili. It doesn't have any fancy ingredients, but its so good! If chili can taste silky - this does! My daughter went gaga over it and gobbled down two bowls. I could not believe it! So, definitely I started making this at home.

I cook hamburger and keep portions of about 1 1/2 pounds in my freezer for quick "meal starters" so dumping this in the crockpot before I left for work at 7:15AM took a total of about 5 minutes. And what a feast when I came home, even though it was 100+ degrees outside!

This is how I make Super Easy Chili (3 ingredients) AT HOME MY WAY:

Super Easy Chili - 3 Ingredients


  • 1 1/2 pounds browned hamburger (drained)

  • 2 cans "chili beans" (I use generic or name brand. They're all good.) (not drained - dump in the whole can) (not kidney beans or pinto beans but the cans that say "chili beans"- I use ALDI)

  • 2 cans (15 oz each) tomato sauce (generic is fine here as well)

Dump all the ingredients in the pot or crockpot, give it a good stir. (If your meat is precooked and frozen, thaw in the microwave a few minutes so you can stir all the ingredients before it starts cooking.)You can cook this on top of the stove for 30 minutes to an hour, or cook in the crockpot on low however long you want (mine has to cook 8-10 hours) since all of the "ingredients" are already prepared and fully cooked.

*My friend adds a packet of chili mix to hers, but I like my chili a little more tomato-y and it works fine for me without, so I just don't use any. The "chili" beans have plenty of seasoning in them and the chili will still be seasoned and taste strongly of "chili".

**I think you could play with this recipe and add tomatoes, green pepper, salsa, or whatever you like to add to your favorite chili recipe.

(I tried to take a picture last night but had left my SD card at work. I'll get a picture posted once I take one.)

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