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Baked Bean Chili

Who says a good chili has to simmer all day? This zippy chili- with a touch of sweetness from the baked beans- can be made on the spur of the moment. It's an excellent standby when unexpected guests drop in. Served with bread and a salad, it's a hearty dinner everyone raves about.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    24 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) baked beans
  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) V8 juice
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning
  • Optional: Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and sliced jalapenos


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. If desired, serve with sour cream, cheese and jalapenos.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 189 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 721mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 6g fiber), 13g protein.


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  • KarlC
    Oct 15, 2017

    I have been using this recipe for years but I do it in my crock pot. I have changed it some , first I like my chili hot, I have added ghost peppers in the past but most can't handle that so I use 4 jalapeno peppers chopped up and 2 heaping tablespoons of Asian garlic chili paste, I don't use the salsa, and use 3 cans of the beans,and I guess at most of the other ingredients, I don't use water, instead beef broth, I add the celery and other vegetables but use red bell pepper instead of green, and I also put chocolate in mine ,about 1/4 cup nestle toll house morsels instead of sugarI just won a chili contest at work that had 2 pds of ground round and a pound of hot Italian sausage in it. I just got done getting a batch in my crockpot with venison which I've done before, 2 pda ground and a pound or so of cut up steak, this I have done beforeThis is beter than any chili I have tried,LOL, using baked beans and tomato juice or v-8 ? Ya I could see why that might be a little sweet

  • lizzol
    Jan 25, 2014

    This was super easy and pretty good, but a little too sweet for my liking. Was I supposed to drain the baked beans??? I didn't add all the tomato & V8 juice because I didn't want it to be too watery.

  • wlbbac
    Jan 13, 2013

    great meal added chili rotel tomatoes and onions great recipe

  • Hanna0712
    Oct 20, 2012

    This has been my family's favorite chili recipe for years!

  • JMAngel
    Feb 27, 2012

    I do not like kidney beans, chili beans, navy beans....This is my favorite chili recipe!!!!

  • donna_fine
    Jan 30, 2012

    My husband hates kidney beans so i could never make chili. With this recipe i can make chili all the time.

  • allentown
    Mar 3, 2011

    My husband really enjoyed this meal. It was simple to make. I plan on making this for a church pot luck.

  • plumshoe
    Sep 3, 2010

    Suggestions I have would be use 2 cans of baked beans, that might cut back on the sweetness. Use the baked beans seasoned with onion, and add 1 bell pepper.

  • kellyannm
    Apr 15, 2010

    Was good but very different from tradional chili.

  • Karli Gorsline
    Dec 27, 2009

    I tried this chili as a change of pace from my usual chili recipe... It was delicious! It was very quick & easy and made enough to share with a friend. My family loves baked beans so this chili was a hit!