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pam's five-can chili

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Margaret G
Cleveland, OH

This award-winner is deceptively simple! It is my mom's awesome, no-fuss chili recipe. You only have to open up 4 cans, and it all uses one pot! Sometimes, you just have to go with a classic, no-brainer recipe! *Notes: Use lean ground beef, 90-96% so you don't need to drain. I even use 85. Feeling fancy? Customize this recipe to your heart's content, adding a little extra water and/or seasoning as needed!

★★★★★ 1
serves 6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For pam's five-can chili

  • 1 1/4 lb
    90% lean ground beef
  • 1 md
    onion, chopped
  • 1 can
    tomato sauce (15 ounce can)
  • 1 can
    diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 can
    kidney beans (drained, rinsed)
  • 1 can
    pork & beans (do not drain, remove fat piece)
  • 1 can
    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

  • 1
    In a small bowl, combine all seasonings and shake or mix.
  • 2
    In 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.
  • 3
    Open 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.