Cheesy Chili Recipe
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Cheesy Chili Recipe

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My six grandchildren enjoy feasting on big bowls of this zesty chili. It's so creamy and tasty you can even serve it as a dip at parties. —Codie Ray, Tallulah, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (10 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds process cheese (Velveeta)

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 396 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 1166mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, chilies and pepper; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted.
  3. Serve immediately or allow to cool before freezing. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen chili: Thaw in the refrigerator; heat in a saucepan or microwave. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).
Originally published as Cheesy Chili in Quick Cooking May/June 1999, p34

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cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 235464
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"Very tasty! I think the amount of tomatoes was a bit much, but otherwise was a wonderful meal. Great alternative for those who do not like beans in their chili."

annie350 User ID: 7968208 228536
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"this was ok. my family favors the more traditional tomato sauce based chilis with beans. we found all of the tomatoes to be overwhelming, so i have spent half the night picking out all the tomatoes and im going to try adding a can of black beans to hopefully try and savage this dinner so we can have leftovers tomorrow night."

margo_wheeler User ID: 1039657 72097
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014


dawnmossey71 User ID: 7735589 72108
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"This was so cheesy I served it with scoops chips, and my family loved it, will be making it again"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 25824
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"I needed something quick for dinner, and saw this recipe in a little booklet I'd just purchased so decided to try it. I only had one can of the diced tomatoes and chilies, but as I just wanted to make half the recipe, I used the one can and added a 14.5 oz. can of chili ready tomatoes that had seasonings in them in place of a plain can of diced tomatoes. I used a little more water, and added a few tablespoons of packaged chili seasoning. I used Mexican-style Velveeta, but only used one half a pound and the soup was plenty cheesy. We served it with crushed tortilla chips, a little grated cheddar and Jack cheese, ( I had little bits of those two kinds that needed to be used up), and we put dollops of sour cream on top. It tasted great! Will make again."

wosesmom User ID: 6914994 68043
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"This recipe has quickly become a favorite in our home. Super easy to throw together and the kids LOVE it! A go to comfort food for a chilly winter evening!"

Motorhomegal User ID: 2005041 25821
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"I don't  consider this to be chili, but rather "soup."  Made it this afternoon and it was delicious....even reducing the recipe by half made a ton for the two of us.  She indicated that it froze well and that's what I've done.  Really was excellent and so simple.  Had everything on hand."

Pickles20 User ID: 5070818 203120
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"Oh my goodness!! This is the best chili ever. I think this woman and I could be good friends. It has a medium heat to it. Not too mild, nor too hot. The flavor is delicious. I made a frito taco soup by adding fritos to my dish. It definitely could be used as either chili or a chili dip. Either way, with 2 lbs of Velveeta in it, how bad can it be? Try it, you'll like it!"

carrious User ID: 6993760 56624
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"I was just looking for an easy recipe to make for my pot luck at work, and this recipe was not only easy but also a big hit with all of my co-workers. It was so good that a couple of my co-workers took some home to their families. I would definitely make this recipe again."

CharlesR_female User ID: 56129 24351
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"This sounds good.

After I downsize it for two,  I will try it.

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