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No-Bean Chili

I often combine the ingredients for this zesty chili the night before. In the morning I load up the slow cooker and let it go! It's so easy to prepare. —Molly Butt, Granville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice or pasta
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions


  • Crumble beef into a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 11 ingredients and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with rice or pasta and the toppings of your choice.
Thoroughly wash fresh parsley and shale off excess water. Wrap in paper towels and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Chopping parsley is easier if the leaves are thoroughly dry.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving (calculated without optional toppings): 225 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 940mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • mother of 3
    May 21, 2018

    I like it. For a shortcut, I used 1 lb. beef, onion powder, skipped the green chilies, 15 oz. tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons chili powder, no salt. DH will put it over hot dogs. Simmered on stove 20 minutes.

  • MississippiGirl
    Dec 26, 2017

    "Horrible. This chili was like mush! My husband's comments..."Please don't fix this again! Use your original way of making chili. Tasteless....SO disappointed!"

  • thatchergb1700
    Feb 9, 2016

    Question: How many oz in one serving?

  • Hansgirl21
    Oct 19, 2015

    I was really looking forward to trying a new crockpot beanless chili. My husband likes no bean chili and asked for it. It was horrible. I followed the recipe exactly, not even a small change. My husband took 2 bites and wouldn't eat it. The beef turned into like a minced meat with a horrible texture and I couldn't taste the spices, pretty much just tomato and minced meat. Very disappointed

  • DeniseMo
    Oct 13, 2015

    I made this as directed. It was super easy and the meat was tender. However, I found this to be lacking of flavor and spice, not necessarily heat. I enjoy depth of flavor in my chili.

  • cheriinil
    Sep 15, 2014

    I love this recipe! I follow the recipe exactly and it was great. I love chili in the fall and winter. I'm a person that can't have beans, so it's perfect for me.

  • djakins
    Jul 16, 2014

    I made this but used a can of Rotel instead of the tomatoes. We loved it. I probably will add another can of tomato sauce the next time simply because we like our chili to be a little bit more liquid, especially since I only used 1 pound of ground beef instead of the 1-1/2 pounds. We used it as a topping for tamales and it was excellent. We're very particular about our chili for hot dogs and this would be very good. I'll probably make a big bunch to freeze so we'll have it.

  • ras1103
    Jan 12, 2013

    Excellent flavor, but just a bit salty for our taste. Will cut back on the salt next time and/or use low-sodium tomatoes and sauce.

  • maryvandorin
    Apr 3, 2012

    This is very good and low in carbs. I also add tomato juice. We eat it without rice or pasta.

  • bellarosemarie
    Feb 23, 2012

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