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Double-Duty Hearty Chili Without Beans

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours


5 servings plus leftovers

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


  • 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 chiles
  • 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


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In same skillet, add beef, half at a time; cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking into crumbles. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to slow cooker.
  3. Stir tomatoes, tomato sauce, chiles, 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; add water or broth if necessary.

Nutrition 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.

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  • sarah2830
    Oct 26, 2019

    I didn't change anything. Very flavorful

  • suefalk
    Dec 11, 2018

    This is a great Chili! I always serve my Chili with several toppings, including beans. The spice level is mild, but an easy fix in 1 envelope of Chili spice mix. I would definitely make this again!

  • fmmslkl
    Apr 30, 2018

    Good recipe. Love that is has no beans and is a bit on the mild side. I will definitely make this again. It was well received by all who had a bowl.

  • Dino
    Feb 13, 2018

    Chili has no beans or Rice ! This is Chili served with Rice. Just a cheap way to fill a person up & save money.

  • dilbert098
    Nov 5, 2017

    Made this for a "dadchelor" party. It received great reviews from the guys.

  • Queenlalisa
    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
    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
    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.