Baked Chili with Ground Beef & Beans

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I’ve been making chili with macaroni noodles the same way for probably 30 years. My guys love my Chili Mac. But a friend and I were discussing the age-old subject of how do you make chili – with pasta or without, with beans or without, with ground beef or without? Baked-Chili-with-Beef-Beans-Culinary-Craftiness

The one thing I know for certain, I can’t eat anything that sets my mouth on fire. My kids make fun of my wimpiness in this regard. 😜 They liberally douse their bowlfuls with Frank’s RedHot Sauce or Texas Pete.

My friend never puts pasta in her chili so I thought I would give making it sans the macaroni noodles a try. You might think I’d make my regular Chili Mac and just leave the mac out, but I wanted to give a significantly different route to a good bowl of chili a try. I looked up many different recipes, but in the end didn’t follow any of them. I just tried to imagine what would taste good with the ingredients I had on hand. This batch turned out great, and for the most part, I paid attention to how much of everything I threw in the pot.Baked Chili with Beef & Beans | Culinary Craftiness

Since everyone’s palate is different, always taste as you go. What I like best may not be what you like best. Add hot sauce or jalapeños to yours if you like the heat. And top it with whatever suits you and your family. I don’t always put cheese, sour cream, and avocado on my chili. Most of the time I just like a big plop of butter and crumbled Ritz crackers. It’s always delish no matter how I eat it. 😋

*Cut this recipe in half if you don’t need to feed a crowd.

Baked Chili with Ground Beef & Beans

5 lbs. ground beef
2 large onions, diced
3 tbsp. jarred minced garlic
2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can mild chili beans
1/2 cup chili powder, to taste
3 tbsp. cumin, to taste
2 tsp. cinnamon, to taste
3 tsp. salt, to taste
2 tsp. pepper, to taste

Optional toppings:

Butter
Shredded cheddar or jack cheese
Crackers – oyster, saltines, or buttery rounds
Sour Cream
Avocado or guacamole

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Brown ground beef with onions and garlic in a large oven-safe lidded pot. Drain fat.

Add in all other ingredients and adjust seasonings to taste. Start with half of the amount of each and add until it tastes close. Flavors will become more concentrated as it cooks.

Cover and place in the oven for 2 hours or so. Remove from oven, stir well, taste and adjust seasonings, then return to oven for another 1-2 hours

Serve with optional add-ins, if desired.

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Baked Chili with Ground Beef & Beans

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Baked Chili with Ground Beef & Beans

Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 3 tbsp. jarred minced garlic
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mild chili beans
  • 1/2 cup chili powder, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. cumin, to taste
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon, to taste
  • 3 tsp. salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp. pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings:
  • Butter
  • Shredded cheddar or jack cheese
  • Crackers - oyster, saltines, or buttery rounds
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado or guacamole

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Brown ground beef with onions and garlic in a large oven-safe lidded pot. Drain fat.
  3. Add in all other ingredients and adjust seasonings to taste. Start with half of the amount of each and add until it tastes close. Flavors will become more concentrated as it cooks.
  4. Cover and place in the oven for 2 hours or so. Remove from oven, stir well, taste and adjust seasonings, then return to oven for another 1-2 hours
  5. Serve with optional add-ins, if desired.
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Baked Chili with Beef & Beans | Culinary Craftiness

Looks gross, but tastes incredible with cheese, butter, and crumbled buttery round crackers! YUM!

Baked Chili with Beef & Beans | Culinary Craftiness

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