Quick-Fix Chili

Recipe: 30-Minute Chili

Mix up the flavors of your chili by trying different herbs, meats, beans, and spices. You'll never have to eat the same chili twice.


Hi, I'm Christy Jordan. With Quick Fix Suppers, you'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table. So let's get started. I'm a Texan, and I would like to know some different ways to make chili. Chili is a great quick fix supper idea because there's so many different ways you can tweak it and vary it and have an entirely different taste. Try adding some fresh oregano, dashes of hot sauce, little bit of jalapeno, or even entirely different meats. I'm gonna show you how to make your own quick fix chili seasoning mix. For another great variation. What we're gonna do is start with some chili powder, and then we've got all these great dried spices here. We're going to add a little bit of cumin. A little bit of oregano. Some dried minced onion. And some dried minced garlic. We're gonna add a little bit of seasoned salt, kind of pull it all together and help bring those flavors out. And just a touch of sugar. I love a little bit of sugar in my chili, because it really brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes, and it goes so well with all the other flavors. And we're just gonna stir this up, get it nice and combined. Now we got about two pounds of lean ground beef here. And we're just gonna put it in a dutch oven, and chop it and stir it until it's completely done. For a change of pace, you could just leave the meat out entirely. Try substituting instead, some black beans, kidney beans, white beans, or even a little bit of hominy. It'll be a great flavor and a really nice variation to break things up a bit. Now we've got our ground beef all browned and drained and we're ready to add the rest of our ingredients. The cool thing about this recipe is it uses a lot of canned items and we don't even have to drain the cans. We're gonna start with some diced tomatoes. Now these are the kind that come with celery and bell peppers already in them, but if you can't find that, just pick up regular diced tomatoes. And that'll be fine. We're gonna go ahead and add these in. Just dump everything in here. And this is some canned tomato sauce. And some small red beans in the liquid. Remember, don't even drain the can. These are some canned white beans, and see this is already looking like chili to me. Now for the cool part. That chili seasoning mix you made? About a third of a cup of that is all we're gonna need for perfectly seasoned chili. Add that in there, and give it a good stir. Now you can also store the rest of your chili seasoning mix in a sealed container in the pantry, and you'll be ready for another quick fix chili night. Now we're going to stir this up really well and let it simmer for about 15 minutes, and then supper is ready. How easy was that? Oh, this smells wonderful, and nobody's ever gonna know how quick and easy it was. I like to top mine with a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese, a nice dollop of sour cream, and chopped scallions. And then we're gonna serve it with an ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Think of chili as a versatile dinner recipe and really have fun with it. I hope you get to try this quick fix dinner idea soon. For more quick fix dinners, pick up a copy of Southern Living and visit us online at southernliving.com.
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