I am notorious for not planning meals ahead of time. I do my best to plan things out, but it doesn’t always happen. So, the other night, I knew my husband would be home from work soon, and I didn’t have anything prepared.
I decided to have a look around the kitchen and came up with enough ingredients to make some homemade ground beef chili. Thankfully, I had some ground beef thawed out in the fridge, and enough cans of food to make it happen.
Full recipe and instructions below.
I didn’t want to dirty too many dishes, so I decided to brown the meat in the bottom of a large saucepan. I had two pounds of meat, but you really don’t need any more than one pound.
I cut up some grape tomatoes, into bite sized pieces, that I had bought to make a salad (and never did), and threw those into the pot.
I shop at Aldi’s quite often and have to buy more than one onion at a time. I usually end up with more onion than I know what to do with, so this was a good way to get rid of some extra onion.
I always keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge, as well. I don’t have to take the time to cut up the garlic, and it stays fresh for a long time. It’s also pretty cheap at Aldi’s (love that place).
I usually put tomato sauce in my chili but didn’t have any in the cabinet. So, I used some tomato paste, added some water, Italian seasonings, and called it good. I did have a can of chili beans, and diced tomatoes and chilies, so that came in handy, as well. It was shaping up to be a great pot of chili for dinner!
I let it simmer on low for about an hour before dishing it up. The hubs loved it and the kids ate it up. We had plenty left over, so I was able to freeze some for another night when I don’t plan well!
The beauty of this homemade ground beef chili is that you don’t have to have the exact ingredients. You can substitute ground beef with turkey, or add more beans, and more water, or maybe even less garlic. It’s totally up to you.
What kind of chili is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.
- 1 to 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1-16 oz. can chili beans in chili sauce
- 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp. Italian seasonings
- 1-10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 1/2 onion (diced)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes (diced)
- 1 Tbsp. garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- In a medium sized bowl, mix tomato paste, 2 cups of water, Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
- Brown meat in a large saucepan.
- Add chili beans, tomato paste mixture, can of diced tomatoes and chilies, grape tomatoes, onions, and minced garlic to the saucepan, and stir until blended.
- Turn down burner to low and simmer for about one hour.