Sunday, June 28, 2009

Spicy Beanless Chili

I have to admit that this meal was actually shared with my husband. He has discovered in the last 6 months or so that he actually likes chili, as long as it doesn't have beans in it. Rather than have him eat something out of a can, I decided to make some for him. The recipe comes from Taste of Home Cooking for 2.


* 1/2 pound ground beef
* 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
* 2 tablespoons chopped onion
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
* 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) tomato juice
* 1/2 cup water
* 2 tablespoons chili powder
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
* 1/8 teaspoon salt, optional

In a large saucepan, cook beef, green pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato juice, water, chili powder, oregano, paprika, cumin and cayenne and salt if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes or to desired thickness.

You need some ground beef, onion, green pepper, garlic, tomato sauce, tomato juice, water, chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin and cayenne pepper.

Chop up your veggies.

In a dutch oven or large pot, brown the beef with the veggies.

While that cooks, measure out your spices.

After the beef has cooked, drain off the excess fat or use some bread to soak it up. Add in the tomatoes, water and spices and give it a stir. Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat so its just simmering. Let it cook for about 45 minutes or until it is as thick as you'd like.

Once it is at the desired thickness, you are ready to eat!

I topped mine with a little grated cheddar cheese. The hubby also threw some Fritos corn chips on his. This is one of the few posts where I was not dining alone!


  1. Wow not dining alone...good stuff. It looks excellent!!! I think I'll be making this one soon!

    D x

  2. That looks very tasty! I'm not a huge bean fan, but have grown to like them in chili. I'm definitely going to try this recipe...if the hubby likes how can you go wrong!


  3. I love chili - good idea to cut out the beans...

  4. Your recipes look always so yummy, that makes me wanna actually cook something!

    I guess I can add beans to this recipe since I´m not as picky eater as your husband.

  5. ah see chili without beans is just meat sauce. haha So no wonder he likes it. :)