Double-Duty Hearty Chili Without Beans Recipe
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Double-Duty Hearty Chili Without Beans Recipe

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When it’s time to build my zesty chili, I combine everything the night before. In the morning, I load the slow cooker and let it do the work. —Molly Butt, Granville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice or pasta
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without rice and toppings): 278 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 863mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, onion and garlic; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In same skillet, add beef half at a time; cook over medium-high heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to slow cooker.
  3. Stir tomatoes, tomato sauce, chilies, parsley and seasonings into beef mixture. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours to allow flavors to blend.
  4. Reserve 5 cups chili for Double-Duty Layered Enchilada Casserole. Serve remaining chili with rice and toppings as desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water or broth if necessary.
    Yield: 5 servings plus leftovers.
Originally published as Double-Duty Hearty Chili without Beans in Simple & Delicious February/March 2016

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Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 259874
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2017

"This is a great chili recipe if you don't like it really spicy. Just add some more chili seasoning, cayenne and others spices if you want it to have a little more flavor. It was fast and easy for dinner last night."

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 255801
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"Pretty good, and quite hearty. Needs more spice. I served it with cheese on top. I would probably make it again."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 243891
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"I only did the chili and did not do the double duty enchiladas. 2 minor complaints: 1. chili was a bit bland, needed more seasoning of some sort. 2. For a slow cooker recipe, there was a lot of prep work. When I use my slow cooker, I prefer dump and go, which is why I selected a slow cooker recipe. However, I will make again with some slight adjustments."

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