Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Best Chili Recipe Ever

Ok well, WE think this is the best chili recipe ever...
but just like chocolate chip cookies,
 every family has their own "best" recipe! :)

Here is how I always make mine...

Best Chili Ever...

  1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  1 jar traditional Prego marinara
  1 16 oz can pinto beans
  1 16 oz can chili beans 
  1 16 oz can Bush's baked beans
  1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
  1/8 cup dried italian seasoning
  1 glug balsamic vinegar
  1 Tbsp chili powder
  2 Tbsp BBQ dressing 

  Drain the pinto beans. Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Simmer over low-medium heat 1-2 hours, stirring often. Serve with greek yogurt, shredded chedder cheese and crackers. Enjoy! 

Let's talk about a few things real quick before you head to the store... 

-Yes, you can use ground turkey if you prefer.
-You can substitute the Prego marinara for any tomato sauce.
-I wouldn't substitute the baked beans for any other brand, I've tried!
-If you are having a larger crowd, add double the sauce and/or    beans to make more!
-Lastly, buy a good balsamic vinegar!!!! 

Balsamic vinegar is much better with age. It is aged in wood casks just like wine. It takes years and years to make a good batch, so that  process comes with a price. However, the price is WELL worth it! Cheap balsamic vinegar tastes sour like white vinegar. Good, more expensive balsamic vinegar tastes sweet. So the moral of the story is, buy a balsamic vinegar that has been aged longer, and yes, costs more.  The best (while being economical) that I have found is the Kirkland Brand at Costco.

Enjoy!!! :)



  1. I'm going to make this tonight, what exactly is BBQ dressing? Do you mean reg old bbq sauce?

  2. Yes, I use sweet baby Ray's barbecue sauce! :)


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