18 Easy Canned Chili Recipes

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These 18 easy canned chili recipes are going to make your life so much easier! Each of these recipes can be completed start-to-finish in less than 25 minutes, and some can be done in about 15 minutes.

It’s sometimes difficult to find flavorful, delicious, and easy recipes for weeknight meals. And, you know, the last thing I want to do after a long day at work is to come home and spend an hour (or more) in the kitchen cooking and then cleaning up. So, these are my go-to recipes for a quick and delicious work-night meal.

What Kind of Meat is in Canned Chili?

Canned chili may contain beef and/or pork.

How to Make Canned Chili Really Good?

If you’d like to make your canned chili taste more like homemade, you can any or all of these ingredients:

  • Beef Broth (or stock)
  • Black Pepper, Ground
  • Brown Sugar (just a pinch)
  • Butter
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Celery Seed, Ground
  • Chiles, Green
  • Chicken Broth (or stock)
  • Chili Powder
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon (just a pinch)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coffee, Strong (a small cupful)
  • Corn, Sweet
  • Cumin
  • Dark Chocolate Squares
  • Espresso
  • Garlic, Powdered or Minced
  • Jalapenos, Diced or Sliced
  • Onions, Diced
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar (just a pinch)
  • Tamari
  • Tomatoes, Fresh or Canned
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Vinegar (a spoonful, added just before serving

These ingredients can be sauteed for a short time to bring out their natural flavors before adding them to your canned chili.

Does Vinegar Make Chili Taste Better?

You can give your chili a brighter taste by adding just a spoonful of vinegar prior to serving.

What Secret Ingredient will Deepen the Flavor of Your Chili?

If you want to go all in, you can add some pureed pumpkin to your seasonings, before you add them to your chili. This will do a few things:

  • Deepen the overall flavor of your chili
  • Balance the heat of any pepper and heat you added to your chili
  • Give your chili a bit of sweetness

Why do You Put Butter in Chili?

You can put butter (or a plant-based alternative) in chili to give it a smooth and creamy texture and to add that unique butter flavor. The addition of butter may make a person take an additional bite of your dish without even realizing why.

What Kind of Onion is Best for Chili?

White onion is usually best if used raw in salads, and for use in any Mexican food, pasta salad, potato salad, and white sauces.

Should Chili be Thick or Soupy?

Canned chili us normally quite thick. If you’re going to want to pour it over something, you may want to dilute it just a bit. That can be done by adding:

  • Beef Stock
  • Chicken Stock
  • Tomatoes (diced or crushed), canned

Should I Use the Liquid in Canned Beans for Chili?

In most instances, the best idea is to drain and rinse the canned beans you want to add to your chili. If you leave them in their canned juices, your chili will be diluted (maybe even runny). If you want your chili to be thick and have a wonderful texture, don’t add the liquid from the beans.

Should I Use Pinto or Kidney Beans in Chili?

Pinto beans or normally used in chili. However, other great choices are black beans and red kidney beans.

When Should You add Beans to Chili?

Canned beans can be added to canned chili at any time. If you’re going to heat your chili, the beans should need to heat for about the same amount of time.

Why is My Canned Chili Watery?

You may have added too much liquid to your canned chili if it is watery. You can do one (or a combination) of three things:

  1. Add some solids to your chili, like diced tomatoes and/or onions, minced garlic, or jalapenos (sliced or diced).
  2. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes to reduce the liquid.
  3. Add a small amount of flour or cornstarch as a thickener.

What is the Secret Ingredient to Thicken Chili?

There are lots of ingredients that will thicken your chili, and you probably have almost all of them in your pantry:

  • Beans, Pureed
  • Cornmeal
  • Cornstarsh
  • Flour
  • Tomatillas, Pureed
  • Tortilla Chips, Crushed

You can add one or more of the above ingredients, then simmer your chili for a few minutes until thickened.

Do You Put the Lid on Chili to Thicken It?

The reason for simmering chili is to get some of the liquid to evaporate. That is done by cooking it uncovered and letting the steam escape from the pan.

Are You Supposed to Drain Diced Tomatoes for Chili?

Normally, there is no need to drain your diced tomatoes before adding it to canned chili. However, if you feel that your canned chili will be too thin after adding the diced tomatoes, you can either drain the liquid from the tomatoes, or put the tomatoes in a separate pot and simmer until some of the juice is absorbed by the tomatoes.

How do You Add Depth to Chili?

Soy sauce, tamari, and Worcestershire sauce will add depth to your chili by amplifying the flavors that are already in your chili. Beef or chicken broth (or stock) can also add some depth to your chili, because you are adding a slight amount of animal fat.

Canned Chili Recipes

Canned chili is such a versatile food item. I keep a couple of cans in my pantry at all times, just in case I want to whip up one of these fantastic recipes!

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