Chili Recipe Easy Using Leftover Taco Meat!

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Jamie here, my mom used to take leftover taco meat and turn it into chili ALL. THE. TIME.  It was super flavorful and a great way to transform Monday’s leftover’s into Tuesday’s completely new meal.  (My dad had VERY strong opinions about leftovers….)

Here’s how I make my chili recipe EASY using whatever taco meat’s left in the fridge!!

When I make taco meat I brown anywhere between 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of ground beef, add a can of Ro-Tel, a can of black beans and taco seasoning.  Sometimes onions or corn make the cut as well.  It’s a robust taco filling to fill up my big crew. ;)

And as you can see, it’s basically a form of chili already.

To make it into real chili, you’ll want a couple cups of leftover taco meat to start with.  Put the leftover leftover taco meat into the crockpot (or a regular pot) and add 2 cans of chili beans, a can of tomato paste, a can of tomato sauce, 2 cans of water and an additional can of rotel.  A cube of beef boullion and about half a package of chili seasoning finish off the flavoring. (Since it still has taco seasoning, you don’t need a whole package)

Heat on high in a crockpot for a couple hours, or until hot in a regular pot.

Cook a half a box of elbow macaroni (about 8 oz dry) and add to the chili pot.

TIP: I like to add about a little bit of the starchy pasta water to help thicken up my chili a little bit.  Maybe it’s all in my imagination, but I think it helps it along!

ANOTHER TIP: If you have any refried beans leftover from taco night, feel free to stir some of those in as well!!  They’re also a great thickener and make use of every last bit of leftovers in the fridge.

 

Easy Chili Recipe from Taco Meat
dinner
6 - 8 servings
 
This is an easy way to turn leftover taco filling into chili!
Ingredients
  • 1-2 Cups leftover taco meat
  • 2 cans of chili beans
  • 1 12 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 12 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can Ro-Tel
  • 2 cans of water a
  • 1 cube of beef boullion
  • 1 package of chili seasoning
  • Half a box of elbow macaroni (about 8 oz dry)
Instructions
  1. To make it into real chili, you'll want a couple cups of leftover taco meat to start with.
  2. Put the leftover leftover taco meat into the crockpot on high (or a regular pot on medium)
  3. Add 2 cans of chili beans,tomato paste, tomato sauce, boullion, chili seasoning, water and rotel.
  4. Heat on high in a crockpot for a couple hours, or about 15 - 20 minutes in a regular pot.
  5. Meanwhile, cook a half a box of elbow macaroni (about 8 oz dry) and add to the chili pot.
  6. * I like to add about a little bit of the starchy pasta water to help thicken up my chili a little bit.
  7. ** If you have any refried beans leftover from taco night, feel free to stir some of those in as well!! They're also a great thickener and make use of every last bit of leftovers in the fridge.

 

Easy Chili Recipe

I found this recipe several years ago, in a Sandra Lee Semi Homemade Cookbook and loved it.  I had mentioned before, that I don’t like chili beans! Since this recipe is an easy Chili recipe that doesn’t call for beans it is by far my favorite go to chili recipe when I am in a hurry. My family loves to pile it on top of hot dogs! I’m not a hot dog kind of girl, but they love it!  If your family prefers a heartier Chili with beans, check out our Best Chili Recipes page.

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Easy Chili Recipe

Easy Chili Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 jar chili sauce 12 ounce
  • 1 packet chili seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Instructions

  1. Saute ground beef and onions over medium heat until ground beef is browned and onions are softened. Drain and rinse.
  2. Add all ingredients to saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat.
  3. Simmer on low uncovered for 25 minutes.
  4. Serve alone or over hot dogs! Makes great chili dogs.

Notes

Adapted from Sandra Lee's Coney Island Chili Dogs

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