Pam's Five-Can Chili

Margaret G


This is my mom's super-simple, no-fuss chili recipe. You only have to open up 4 cans, and it all uses one pot! This recipe follows the K.I.S.S. rule: "Keep It Simple, Stupid!" It won her 2nd place (beating me!) in a chili cook-off. Sometimes, you just have to go with a classic, no-brainer recipe! *Note- use lean ground beef so you don't need to drain.

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15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


1 1/4 lb
90% lean ground beef
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 can(s)
tomato sauce (15 ounce can)
1 can(s)
diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can(s)
kidney beans (drained, rinsed)
1 can(s)
pork & beans (do not drain, remove fat piece)
1 can(s)
water (use tomato sauce can)
1 Tbsp
chili powder
2 tsp
ground cumin
1 to 2 tsp
sea salt
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1/2 tsp
red pepper flakes (or to taste)

How to Make Pam's Five-Can Chili


  • 1In a small bowl, combine all seasonings and shake or mix.
  • 2In a soup pot, saute onion in a small amount of oil over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef and sprinkle about a teaspoon of the seasoning mix. Cook until meat is browned. Do not drain.
  • 3Open up your cans and add them in- don't forget the 5th can: one can full of water! Add remaining seasonings. Stir, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low and simmer, COVERED, about 45 minutes.

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About Pam's Five-Can Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Dairy Free, Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy