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Best canned chili?

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With and without beans?

Anyone have strong opinions either way (best and worst)?

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  1. If you're not afraid of hearts and other misc. beef ingredients, my money is on Wolf Brand. (We prefer the Hot, no beans.) But then I'm Texan, and it's pretty much a pat answer as far as canned chili goes.

    Having said that, I do have a strong opinion - it's for chili dogs, NOT as a substitute for real chili. (If you really think about it, there aren't a whole lot of canned meat products that are any kind of substitute for the real thing.)

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    1. re: shanagain

      I concur whole heartedly.
      I was about to say- no such thing as a good can of chili, but I stand corrected on the hotdog thing.
      My wife would disagree with me- she likes Wolf Brand to eat by itself, but she would still prefer a pot of homemade red.

      1. re: Spencer

        I will also confess to using Wolf Brand for that "horrible" dip concoction of chili, cream cheese and cheddar cheese for the occasional football game. It's trailer-trash all the way, but I like it. ;-)

    2. Chefmate. I believe it has some beans, but they are barely noticeable.

      1. It comes in a jar from Bush's. Bush's Homestyle Chili No Beans is the only one I will buy when I don't feel like making my own.