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Pronto Chili

This chili may be simple, but the flavor is outstanding. One of the best things about preparing chili is that you can adjust it to suit your family's tastes. I sometimes substitute ground turkey for the beef.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste plus 2 cans water
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a saucepan, brown beef and onion. Drain fat. Stir in all remaining ingredients except cheese; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Top each serving with cheese if desired.

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  • kkutz
    Jan 21, 2011

    this was ok kind of sweet

  • jennifer nylen
    Jan 17, 2011

    I used one T of the brown sugar and it was wonderful and so easy to make. My husband has never liked chili and he tried it and liked it.(the ultimate test!) I agree that 2 T might be too sweet. Thanks for the recipe and recommendation of 1 T. of the sugar.

  • ldybugkiss
    Sep 1, 2010

    I can't STAND canned chili, so this was great to make REALLY QUICK with the ingredients I had on hand -which also included a bell pepper.I recommend starting with just 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 'cause my chili really was too sweet. Note: generic brown sugar is very weak in flavor, whereas name brand (C&H) is incredibly sweet and flavorful.Served with a dollop of sour cream and some Frito's chips. YUMMMY!

  • tonylmm
    Mar 26, 2008

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