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Schoolhouse Chili

When I was a school cook, the students loved my chili because they thought it didn't have beans in it. They didn't know I puree the beans, tomatoes, onions and green pepper to create a tasty, vitamin-packed chili! —Mary Selner, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti, optional


  • In a blender, combine the tomatoes, beans, onion and green pepper; cover and puree until smooth.
  • In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add seasonings and pureed vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Serve with spaghetti if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 243 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 1048mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • vewebber58
    Oct 7, 2014

    LOVE this recipe! I like the thickness that the pureed beans add, and it's also a plus that the onion and green pepper are pureed as well, because my son will go to great lengths to eat around the onions in a dish, and here he just gobbles it all up and loves it! We like five -way chili, and the next time I make this I'll serve it over spaghetti with a sprinkling of cheese on top, plus chopped fresh onion for those of us who like it. I like having the beans in the chili....not as crazy about eating them whole. (By the way Petune....these ARE real beans!) This is a keeper...will be making it a lot in the future, probably a lot more often than the recipes I've been using!

  • kmandern30
    Jul 9, 2013

    My whole family LOVES this. I double it every time!!!!!!!

  • JMAngel
    Nov 8, 2011

    My family hated this recipe, even my husband who will eat almost anything.....yuck!

  • jillc
    Aug 18, 2011

    I haven't tried this yet, but I will. What a great idea. My grandson picks out things like beans, onions, peppers, but is fine eating it if he doesn't know it's there.

  • ButterbeansMom
    Aug 18, 2011

    I haven't tried the recipe yet, but I just want to say THANKS for the tip to puree the beans with other ingredients. I'm an adult and HATE beans, but feel bad not eating them, because I know they're good for me. I'll give this a try!

  • trinakitty
    Oct 15, 2010

    I started this as the base of my recipe but ended up with something completely different. First off my blender wasn't working so I cooked the ground beef with a tbs of garlic & 2 tsp of chili powder with the onion & green pepper. Then add that to the beans, tomatoes & cayenne pepper instead of cumin. Then I thought it need some color so I added a can of whole kernel corn. Then followed the rest of directions as written. Oh also I chose to not eat this over spaghetti but more like normal chili.

  • Lizinka2001
    Sep 4, 2010

    We made this according to the directions the first time. Each time after, we didn't puree the veggies and beans, which worked a lot better for us.My 3-year-old daughter loves it over pasta!

  • Petune
    Aug 25, 2010

    Sounds o.k., but I prefer mine with real beans. My family (including kids) loves it.Sounds like some kids are really fussey eaters, just like that commercial on T.V. I believe it's about Chef BoyR Dee ravioli, or sloppy Joes. It's supposed to have the vegetables kids need in their diet and the mother is afraid for the kid to hear that! Baloney, ALL kids should be made to at least TRY the food before they say they don't want it or won't eat it. If they won't eat it, then they don't eat!!

  • PucciBaby
    Jan 25, 2010

    This recipe tasted pretty darn good and my bf was so excited when i told him it was served with spaghetti noodles! it tasted a bit like refried beans to be, though, with the pureed beans. but it was still tasty, ill def make it again

  • zaneta_05
    Dec 12, 2009

    This chili/spaghetti was so good!!! I don't use the plain regular chili powder that the recipe calls for. I use one that consist of many spices in the chili powder. Besides that, it was delicious with the spaghetti noodles, even the in-laws enjoyed it. I will definatly make this extremly easy recipe again!!