Chili (no beans)- no muss, no fuss version

There is something incredibly satisfying about a steaming hot bowl of chili on a cold day- since we're having a snow day (YIPPEE!) we said the heck with the menu plan, let's make a big ol' pot of chili.

We make a lot, you can easily scale down.  Once again, no exact measurements- this is definitely to taste.  This is our easy, no chop, no muss, no fuss version.  We like to serve this with corn muffins, mini or regular, with or without add ins or in a bread bowl.  Really, is there any wrong way to eat it if it tastes good to you?

Chili (no beans)

  • 5 lbs Lean ground beef or turkey
  • 3 cans Oven roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • 2 cans Spicy chili tomatoes
  • 1 can Tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 small can Tomato paste
  • 1 can Tomato puree
  • To taste 
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Celery salt (a little goes a long way)
  • Red pepper (cayenne)
  • Cocoa powder (baking - NOT SWEET!) this is that little extra that really takes it to the next level but you can't taste the chocolate at all- it just boosts the flavors of the spices and makes them go hmmm?
  • Optional toppings: Shredded cheddar
  • Sour cream
  • Diced onions (or sliced green onions)
Cooking Directions
  1. We add the seasonings pretty generously, however, remember that you can always add more but you can't take away so go a bit lighter than you think you may need. You can make your own chili powder, and if you like to make extra for the next time, you can mix the seasonings given in recipe according to your own tastes and have them on hand whenever you like.
  2. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for at least a couple of hours- longer won't hurt it a bit- stir now and then when you think about it and taste to adjust the seasonings.
  3. If you are doing a smaller batch you can use a couple of cans of any of the tomatoes and a small can or squeeze of paste from the tube if you get that, we just used what we had and sounded good.
  4. Top with sour cream and shredded cheese (cheddar or mexican blend is great), some people also add diced onions or sliced green onions.
  5. Enjoy.

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  1. This looks great. The one variation with chili recipes the I try is to substitute ground turkey, up to about half the total meat called for.
    Chili is surely one of the classic comfort foods.

  2. Oh my this looks so awesome and perfect on a chilly night too, love it! :D

  3. Thank you for such a sweet tutorial - all this time later, I've found it and love the end result. I appreciate the time you spent sharing your skills.
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