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Pronto Chili Recipe

Pronto Chili Recipe

This chili may be simple, but the flavor is outstanding. One of the best things about preparing chili is that you can adjust it to suit your family's tastes. I sometimes substitute ground turkey for the beef.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste plus 2 cans water
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a saucepan, brown beef and onion. Drain fat. Stir in all remaining ingredients except cheese; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Top each serving with cheese if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 338 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 894mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 9g fiber), 29g protein.

Reviews for Pronto Chili

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kkutz User ID: 4198388 28515
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"this was ok kind of sweet"

jennifer nylen User ID: 4983215 13377
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"I used one T of the brown sugar and it was wonderful and so easy to make. My husband has never liked chili and he tried it and liked it.(the ultimate test!) I agree that 2 T might be too sweet. Thanks for the recipe and recommendation of 1 T. of the sugar."

ldybugkiss User ID: 1281338 27856
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"I can't STAND canned chili, so this was great to make REALLY QUICK with the ingredients I had on hand -which also included a bell pepper.

I recommend starting with just 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 'cause my chili really was too sweet. Note: generic brown sugar is very weak in flavor, whereas name brand (C&H) is incredibly sweet and flavorful.
Served with a dollop of sour cream and some Frito's chips. YUMMMY!"

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