Dad’s Chili With Sea Shells

Crystal ~


This is my dad’s version of chili that I grew up eating. He ALWAYS added seashells to his chili. He would also use Chili Brick, which had all the seasoning and spices. Since Chili Brick is no longer available, I use Rotel Chili Fixins. I use half of a can because I don't like it to hot or spicy. I know, I know, it's chili but....;) it's just a personal preference.

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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


1-2 pounds hamburger, browned
1 qt. jar of tomatoes (16 ounces),diced
1 can of chili beans (or 1 can of red beans, if you don't like it too spicy)
1 can (10 ounce) of ro-tel chili fixins’
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 cups of water
3 cups of sea shell pasta

How to Make Dad’s Chili With Sea Shells


  • 1Brown the hamburger in a 5 quart stockpot; drain.
  • 2Add to the browned hamburger, the tomatoes, Ro-tel Chili Fixin’s, chili beans (or red beans), brown sugar, and salt, pepper, and water.
  • 3Heat the chili mixture to boiling then add the seashells. Turn heat to medium and continue to cook, ; stirring occasionally,until pasta is tender.

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About Dad’s Chili With Sea Shells

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American