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Flavorful Southwestern Chili

“This filling, hearty recipe comes from my grandmother,” writes Jenny Greear from Huntington, West Virginia. “It’s full of flavor, freezes beautifully and makes a complete, last-minute meal. I top it grated cheddar cheese and chopped black olives and serve tortilla chips on the side.” JENNY’S TIP: “If I’m feeding a crowd, I increase the pinto beans to four cans to make the meat go farther.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • Freeze option: Transfer cooled chili to freezer containers. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator. Place in a saucepan; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 245 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Chris
    Nov 14, 2017

    I have been making this for years it is awesome every time. I add a little sugar but it honestly doesent need it.

  • lmmanda
    Jul 13, 2014

    Very good. I added some oregano and pepper to taste.

  • mimmip
    Oct 16, 2010

    I loved the recipe...but I omitted the corn and added a can of rotel red and green chilies in a can and omitted the 4oz can of green chilies. I also garnished the bowls with cheese and tortilla chips.

  • jmmeidinger
    Dec 3, 2008

    wonderful recipe. Very yummy!!! The whole family loves it, even my toddler.

  • mayoung
    Jul 31, 2007

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  • zellmour
    Apr 17, 2007

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