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Rotel Chili

As the fall weather is ushered in so is my love for a good bowl of Rotel Chili. This easy dinner is always comforting, filling and satisfying. It is the perfect meal for chilly weather or game day. And, dare I say that this recipe could be the next winner at your next chili cook-off?

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Rotel Chili Recipe

This is a great recipe that couldn’t be simpler to put together. It is even easier with the green chilies already in the Rotel tomatoes.

Homemade chili is always a family favorite and can stand alone as a meal or used for chili dogs, nachos, or loaded baked potatoes.

A pot of chili can go a long way! If you double this recipe you can freeze a batch for a rainy day.

If you like this recipe, try my Rotel Pasta. Creamy and full of flavor!

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Ingredients Needed

Olive oil – I recommend extra virgin olive oil, or substitute canola or vegetable oil.

Diced Onion – If chopping onions makes you cry (literally) you can buy pre-chopped onions in the produce section or frozen vegetables – one of my favorite time savers!

Ground beef – Beef is the traditional choice for this chili but you could really use any ground meat. I like ground turkey for a healthier version.

Tomato sauce – Instead of tomato sauce you can use diluted tomato paste or stewed tomatoes.

Rotel tomatoes – You can choose how spicy you want your chili – Rotel makes tomatoes with chilis ranging from mild to hot. They even have a “Chili Fixin’s” variety.

Chili seasoning mix – You can buy a pre-packaged mix or make some homemade.

Pinto, chili, or ranch beans – You can experiment with other varieties of beans such as black beans, kidney beans or cannellini beans. You can also use dried beans that have been soaked and then cooked until tender.

Beef broth or water – Use broth granules cubes or concentrated broth if needed.

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How to Make Rotel Chili Recipe

First: In a large skillet or stockpot, saute the diced onion in olive oil over medium heat until it starts to soften.

Second: Add ground beef and start to brown. About half way through the cooking process, add the chili seasoning.

Third: Once the meat is browned and no longer pink, add in the Rotel tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans and stir to combine.

Fourth: If the chili seems too thick you can add ½ cup water or broth to thin it out. Bring the chili to a boil and then simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, serve, garnish and enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Chili Toppings

  • Shredded cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips
  • Crackers

Can you substitute Rotel for diced tomatoes in chili?

Yes! And this recipe is the proof of an amazing chili with Rotel.

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What is Rotel used for in cooking?

Rotel tomatoes with chilis are delicious in many different dishes such as chili, Rotel dip, and casseroles.

If your recipe calls for canned tomatoes and you want to kick the spice level up a notch, try using Rotel!

Is Rotel with green chilies spicy?

Rotel is known for its spicy flavor, however there are several different varieties ranging from mild to hot. Note that “original” Rotel is spicier than “mild”.

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Tips for No Leftovers

  • You can also make this chili in the crock pot. Simply brown your ground meat first and place in the slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • To make your chili even spicier you can add an extra teaspoon or tablespoon of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes or chili powder.
  • If you have leftover chili, you can store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or 4-6 months in the freezer.

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It’s chili season y’all! Make this delicious recipe today for Rotel Chili…it’s perfect for a crowd and all the chili lovers will thank you.

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Rotel Chili

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This quick and easy Rotel Chili is full of flavor and perfect for a busy weeknight!

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ medium onion (diced - roughly 1 cup)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 10 ounces Rotel
  • 1.25 ounces Chili seasoning mix
  • 16 ounces pinto, chili, or ranch beans (undrained)
  • ½ cup beef broth or water

Instructions

  1. Over medium high heat, cook onion in olive oil until starting to soften.
  2. Add ground beef and start to brown. About half way through the cooking process, add the chili seasoning.
  3. Once the meat is browned through, add the Rotel, tomato sauce, and chili beans. Stir to combine.
  4. If the chili is too thick for your liking, add the ½ cup water or broth.
  5. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Garnish with cheese, cilantro, jalapenos, or chopped parsley if desired.

Notes

  • Make this chili in the crock pot. Simply brown your ground meat first and place in the slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • To make your chili even spicier you can add an extra teaspoon or tablespoon of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes or chili powder.
  • If you have leftovers, you can store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or 4-6 months in the freezer.
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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 479Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1267mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 36g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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