Easy Fool-Proof Chili for the Non-Gourmet

Halloween is FINALLY upon us and I know you are probably wondering why I am doing a recipe post (that’s a little off my beaten path).  Well, I have joined up with 17 of my blogger friends to bring you our favorite chili recipes in the Blogger’s Best Chili Cook-n-Share!!  Just in time for you to make for Halloween night!  HOW FUN!!!

I KNOW that out of all of these recipes you will be able to find one to love!!  I am no gourmet (if you can’t tell by the title) so I am sharing my easy fool-proof chili for the non-gourmet…guaranteed to have this warm yummy goodness from stove to bowl in just 20 minutes!!

My hubby is the Assistant Fire Chief for our volunteer fire department so on Halloween we need to be able to eat quick and head out the fire house to hand out candy.  In our neck of the woods Halloween has turned out to be really, really cold, so chili is a great way to warm up!


Easy Fool-Proof Chili


Here’s what  you will need 

Easy Fool-Proof Chili

1 28 oz can Rotel mild diced tomatoes with green chilies

1 28 oz can Brooks chili beans

1 lb. hamburger 

1 lb. ground regular sausage

2 packets McCormick chili seasoning

1 cup water

We love meaty chili so that is why I use two different kinds of meat, plus the sausage gives it a great flavor! You could substitute ground turkey for the hamburger (I do this a lot) for a healthier version.

Now remember we are talking EASY chili, and for me that means quick!  I cook my hamburger and sausage in the microwave.  Seven minutes for each, then chop it into fine crumbles (sometimes I use my potato masher)

Next add all of the ingredients into your pot (don’t drain the tomatoes or beans), bring to a boil and then simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep it from sticking.

Easy Fool-Proof ChiliThe last thing to do is to make some sandwiches to go along with the chili.  I love grilled cheese with mine and my hubby is a die hard peanut butter sandwich lover.  Which one is your go to sandwich with chili?  Or do you like something else?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

Easy Fool-Proof Chili

Here is the recipe to save for later!


Make sure to visit all the other great recipes from all of my friends!!

Then come back February 28th and cast your vote for your favorite!!

Happy Cooking!!


Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Chili www.myfamilythyme.com

Jed's Traditional Beef Chili www.mymommadethat.com

Chilly Nite Chili www.chathamhillonthelake.com

Easy Fool Proof Chili for the Non-Gourmet wwwlifeonpearlstreet.com

Perfect Chili and Cornbread in 15 Minutes www.thechelseaproject.com

The Best Gluten Free Homemade Chili www.promisinglypennywise.com

Bacon Chicken Chili and Beans www.craftylilypad.theblogpress.com

Simple Real Food Instant Pot Chili www.ourhomemyheart.com

Easy Chili with Beans Over Rice www.smallhomesoul.com

Super Easy Spicy Turkey Chili www.mommacan.com

Simple Texas Chili www.ducttapeanddenim.com

Easy Peasy Weekday Chili www.sledgehammerqueen.com

Halloween Cauldron Chili and Cornbread www.faeriesandfauna.com

White Bean Chicken Chili www.mythriftyhouse.com

5 Can Slow Cooker Chili Using Leftovers www.dailydiylife.com

Family Favorite Recipe Great Chili www.shoppeno5.com

Slow Cooked Chili with Chocolate

Taco Chili www.http://wp.me/p36yy8-dw

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  1. Yum, this looks good. I have never put sausage in my chili and will definitely need to try this recipe.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Sausage was my husbands secret ingredient 😉 You could even get spicy sausage to up the hot factor!!

  2. This recipes looks delicious — and thanks for including the option to use ground turkey! I am a huge peanut butter fan, but I never thought about peanut butter sandwiches with my chili! Will have have to give that some thought! Pinning !!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Hi Kristine! It is wonderful with turkey, you can’t even tell the difference…let me know what you think of the peanut butter sandwich with it!!

  3. Looks yummy, I love recipes like this. I need to stock up on canned goods for the Christmas rush!
    My mom used to make toast triangles for our chili with Kraft Parmesan cheese on top. Country fancy, lol

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      lol!! I love parmesan cheese…that would be good, kinda like garlic bread (which I have done with chili before)

  4. I never thought to use Rotel in my chili….thanks for the recipe!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Denise, I love their diced tomatoes and they come regular or mild…regular ups the hot factor 😉

  5. The faster and easier I can get a dinner on the table the better is my motto. This recipe looks really good. I need to see if I can find some of these ingredients in Canada. If not I am pinning this recipe and will make a grocery list for our next trip south to Montana.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Fast and easy is my moto too Leanna!!! I hope you can find them 🙂

  6. Well, dang! I think even I could make this. I can’t wait! Have fun trick or treating!!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      lol!! I think it might be right up your alley Melony 🙂

  7. Yummo!! I have never tried chilli with sausage so am looking forward to giving your recipe a try AND with a peanut butter toasty!!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      I can’t wait to try yours too!! We will all be eating chili for months, lol!! Let me know what your think of it with peanut butter 🙂

  8. I loooove easy recipes! I’ve never thought of cooking the meat for the chili in the microwave. Looking forward to trying this!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      I am all about easy and the microwave certainly cuts down on the mess and cook time 🙂

  9. This looks delish to the moon and back! Every week, my guys want a sausage night. I think I have my recipe for next week. Boy will they be surprised and thrilled. thanks so much for sharing and for all your hard work on this project. Appreciate you so much! XO Susie from Chelsea Project

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Awwwww thanks Susie!! I can’t wait to try yours, this was such a great project!!

  10. This looks so tasty and easy to prepare. I like quick meals and having toasted cheese with it is divine. But I have to say that the peanut butter sandwich and chili? I would never have thought of that combination. But then again, my mom used to eat peanut butter, mayo, and beans so I guess that’s sort of close LOL I’ll be making this for sure for our Chili Cookoff 🙂

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      My hubby loves peanut butter with his and so does our son, but grilled cheese all the way for me!! I can’t wait to make yours!!

  11. This is perfect for a quick, busy night! I love the addition of 2 different meat. Looking forward to trying this one. The teens will love it.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      The meatier the better!! Thanks for your help with my sharing buttons today!! 🙂

  12. This totally looks easy! Our recipes are very similar I think! Going to keep you posted what I try it out. And by the way you are the best!!! You totally saved the day on our launch with your quick rescue for the links. Thanks so much!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      I noticed the similarity too!! Rotel tomatoes totally make the recipe!! And you are welcome…team work 🙂

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks for checking it out!! It is yummy and quick and easy!! 🙂

  13. Simple and easy! LOVE!!!! I’m so happy this recipe fits my criteria of 5 ingredients or less- I don’t count the 1 cup of water. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Less is more Melissa!! Simple and easy is my moto 🙂

  14. looking forward to trying this. Love how easy it looks to make.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      It is very easy Marjan!! Last night I substituted hamburger for chicken…yummy!!!

  15. Your chili looks delicious! I have never used Rotel in mine. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Lynne!! The green chilies make it sooooo yummy!!!

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