Schoolhouse Chili Recipe
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Schoolhouse Chili Recipe

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When I was a school cook, the students loved my chili because they thought it didn't have beans in it. They didn't know I puree the beans, tomatoes, onions and green pepper to create a tasty, vitamin-packed chili! —Mary Selner, Green Bay, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 243 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 1048mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein


  1. In a blender, combine the tomatoes, beans, onion and green pepper; cover and puree until smooth.
  2. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add seasonings and pureed vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Serve with spaghetti if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Schoolhouse Chili in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p16

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Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"LOVE this recipe! I like the thickness that the pureed beans add, and it's also a plus that the onion and green pepper are pureed as well, because my son will go to great lengths to eat around the onions in a dish, and here he just gobbles it all up and loves it! We like five -way chili, and the next time I make this I'll serve it over spaghetti with a sprinkling of cheese on top, plus chopped fresh onion for those of us who like it. I like having the beans in the chili....not as crazy about eating them whole. (By the way Petune....these ARE real beans!) This is a keeper...will be making it a lot in the future, probably a lot more often than the recipes I've been using!"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"My whole family LOVES this. I double it every time!!!!!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"My family hated this recipe, even my husband who will eat almost anything.....yuck!"

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"I haven't tried this yet, but I will. What a great idea. My grandson picks out things like beans, onions, peppers, but is fine eating it if he doesn't know it's there."

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"I haven't tried the recipe yet, but I just want to say THANKS for the tip to puree the beans with other ingredients. I'm an adult and HATE beans, but feel bad not eating them, because I know they're good for me. I'll give this a try!"

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