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Flavorful Southwestern Chili Recipe

Flavorful Southwestern Chili Recipe

“This filling, hearty recipe comes from my grandmother,” writes Jenny Greear from Huntington, West Virginia. “It’s full of flavor, freezes beautifully and makes a complete, last-minute meal. I top it grated cheddar cheese and chopped black olives and serve tortilla chips on the side.” JENNY’S TIP: “If I’m feeding a crowd, I increase the pinto beans to four cans to make the meat go farther.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Freeze option: Transfer cooled chili to freezer containers. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator. Place in a saucepan; heat through. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 245 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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lmmanda User ID: 1101093 164775
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"Very good. I added some oregano and pepper to taste."

mimmip User ID: 4012288 149739
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"I loved the recipe...but I omitted the corn and added a can of rotel red and green chilies in a can and omitted the 4oz can of green chilies. I also garnished the bowls with cheese and tortilla chips."

jmmeidinger User ID: 3488558 95494
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

"wonderful recipe. Very yummy!!! The whole family loves it, even my toddler."

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