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What to do with a can of chili?

Reston May 27, 2011 06:57 AM

I have a can of Hormel chili (no beans) that I don't know what to do with. I bought two cans with a coupon I had. The first was served on a baked potato with sour cream and jalapenos. It was ok, but I want to do something else this time. I'm not crazy about the taste of it, so any ideas to doctor it up would be helpful. I'm tempted to just donate it to a food bank, but I'm determined to make it edible. Any ideas?

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  1. TongoRad RE: Reston May 27, 2011 07:20 AM

    Oh, definitely doctor it up- add chile powder (pure chile, as opposed to 'chili' powder, which also has salt and will overdo it on that aspect if you add it to canned chili), cumin, oregano and garlic powder. At least a TB of chile/cumin, half that for the garlic/oregano. I'd also include a portion of cayenne in that chile powder component.

    Then you can do as you did- use it as a topping on nachos, chili dogs, etc.

    1. marthasway RE: Reston May 27, 2011 07:25 AM

      Well, next time buy a can of Wolf Brand, and you won't need to do much to it. ;-)
      Despite some unkind comments you might get from others, canned chili is nothing to be ashamed of! The classic South Texas concession stand treat of Frito pie is hot chili over a small bag of Fritos, topped with grated cheese and optional chopped onions. Bottled hot sauces are offered to taste. Best served with a plastic fork.

      Btw, sometimes the serving vessel is the bag itself, slit on the side, but a paper hotdog boat will work just fine.

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      1. re: marthasway
        Isolda RE: marthasway May 27, 2011 10:01 AM

        I love Frito pie! That was the number one favorite school lunch (yes, yikes!) at the school where my DD went to kindergarten. Even the parents would show up when they served that. It is much greater than the sum of its rather questionable parts.

      2. monavano RE: Reston May 27, 2011 07:33 AM

        Smother with cheese and sour cream. Makes everything and anything delicious.

        1. junescook RE: Reston May 27, 2011 07:36 AM

          Add diced onion, mustard, a bit of ketchup and worcestershire to taste to make a michigan style topping for hot dogs.

          1. kattyeyes RE: Reston May 27, 2011 07:44 AM

            Oooh, make chili dip out of it. Everyone loves chili dip!

            Spread a bar of cream cheese (even Neufchatel is fine, but not no-fat) across the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish.

            Go ahead and doctor the Hormel as suggested with chili powder or whatever you like, seasoning-wise. I wouldn't add a whole tablespoon for just one can--a teaspoon will probably go a long way. You can always add more...

            Spread the chili over the cream cheese.
            Sprinkle shredded cheddar (or your cheese of choice) over the chili.
            Bake in the oven till bubbly and serve with tortilla chips.
            There is NEVER leftover chili dip! :)

            It tastes even better, of course, when it's your own chili...an idea for another time.

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              TongoRad RE: kattyeyes May 27, 2011 08:09 AM

              I can get on board with starting out with a lesser amount and then adding more if needed. I usually add more during my midnight snacking when I do this sort of thing, though, but everybody's taste is different.

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                kattyeyes RE: TongoRad May 27, 2011 09:49 AM

                :) Dig your avatar, btw. I'm a Day of the Dead girl myself!

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                biondanonima RE: kattyeyes May 27, 2011 10:55 AM

                I was going to post this exact recipe - it is ALWAYS a huge hit!

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                  michele cindy RE: biondanonima Jun 7, 2011 06:23 AM

                  Me too... I just made a vegetarian version. I took a can of vegetarian chili, put it into the blender so that that beans were smooth, added a habanero to kick it up a bit. I topped it with cheddar, plus a process cheese square which made it a bit more creamy, put it in the microwave and it worked well. There was some leftover the next day and I put it over a Trader Joes tamale.

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                    c oliver RE: biondanonima Jun 7, 2011 11:23 AM

                    It's interesting. I've never seen or even heard of this. Could it be a regional thing? Bob's family makes a dip with canned, no bean chili and tons of grated cheddar cheese. Got to have the dipping Fritos for it :) The only thing I use cream cheese for is spread on bagels!

                    1. re: c oliver
                      michele cindy RE: c oliver Jun 7, 2011 12:37 PM

                      I never heard of it until a friend at work told me about it. She lives in Northern NJ. It was super. I didn't think I'd like the cream cheese in it but it works well.

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                  Reston RE: Reston May 27, 2011 07:58 AM

                  Thanks for all the quick replies! I'll check my pantry when I get home to see which of these great ideas I can make.

                  1. Antilope RE: Reston May 27, 2011 08:12 AM

                    Quick Polenta and Chili Mock Tamales

                    2 3/4 cups water
                    1 cup milk
                    2 Tbs dehydrated onion flakes
                    1 tsp garlic powder
                    1 tsp onion powder
                    1 teaspoon table salt
                    1/8 tsp white pepper
                    1 egg, well beaten
                    2 Tbs olive oil or cooking oil
                    1 cup yellow corn meal

                    1 (15 oz) can Hormel No Beans Chili

                    In a 3 quart covered microwaveable casserole dish,
                    mix together the water, milk, onion flakes, garlic powder,
                    onion powder, salt and white pepper.
                    Stir in the beaten egg. Whisk well.
                    Stir in the olive oil. Whisk well.
                    Stir in the corn meal. Whisk well to stir out all lumps.

                    Cover and microwave on high for 6 minutes.
                    Remove lid and stir well, stirring out any lumps.
                    Cover and microwave on high for another 6 minutes.
                    Uncover and stir well until polenta is creamy.

                    Separately, heat the contents of the can of Hormel No Beans Chili.

                    Spoon the polenta into individual serving bowls and top with heated Hormel No Beans Chili.

                    Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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                    1. re: Antilope
                      blue room RE: Antilope May 27, 2011 09:52 AM

                      Hey -- this sneaky substitute just might work--
                      actually sounds pretty tasty!

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                      cocktailhour RE: Reston May 27, 2011 11:00 AM

                      A dip variant. It has all ingredients that foodies sneer at, but it is beloved in Texas. Velveeta--melt. Add can of chili and can of rotel. Heat. It is a great queso dip for tortilla chips--keep warm or it will harden. It is the only way I would eat canned chili.

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                      1. re: cocktailhour
                        Sharuf RE: cocktailhour May 31, 2011 08:25 AM

                        How much velveeta?

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                          cocktailhour RE: Sharuf May 31, 2011 02:37 PM

                          half a pound to a pound.

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                            John E. RE: Sharuf May 31, 2011 09:09 PM

                            Keep it warm and use it as a dip for tortilla chips. It isn't really a healthful food, but it sure does taste good.

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                              Sue in Mt P RE: John E. Jun 5, 2011 12:09 PM

                              That's why I LOVE it so much.

                        2. roxlet RE: Reston May 27, 2011 11:00 AM

                          Chili dogs, of course!

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                          1. re: roxlet
                            c oliver RE: roxlet May 27, 2011 06:01 PM

                            I try to always have a can of no-bean chili on hand. Thanks to Chow-friend Veggo, I saute' onions, garlic, jalapenos and poblanos. Then I dump in the canned chili. On top of chili dogs. Thanks again, Veggo, for the rec of Oscar Mayer Angus Bun Length dogs. They have a great snap. Oh, yeah, and of course grated cheese and chopped onion.

                          2. mamachef RE: Reston May 27, 2011 11:37 AM

                            Salt and a squeeze of lime and a dash of cumin will certainly brighten it, and then you can layer it over steamed or fried corn tortillas, top them with a fried egg and top that with sasa. It's a fine breakfast, these shortcut huevos rancheros.

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                              c oliver RE: mamachef May 27, 2011 06:03 PM

                              Mmm. I shall definitely be doing this. I'm able to buy fresh corn tortillas and am always looking for new uses. (I pay about a dollar for four dozen!)

                            2. iL Divo RE: Reston May 30, 2011 03:29 PM

                              Doctor it up with more "everything" like onions garlic green bell peps & seasonings maybe tomatoes too.
                              Toss some ground beef and ortegas plus spice in skillet let render down to no more pink skim grease add to chili. Stir to blend. Pour whole shootin match over a boatload of tortilla chips shred a bunch of cheese over all put in microwave just to melt cheese, black olives and thinly sliced scallions over all... Enjoy

                              1. Antilope RE: Reston May 30, 2011 04:04 PM

                                Heat up chili and pour over a bowl of Fritos and enjoy while watching a televised sporting event. ;-)

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                                  iL Divo RE: Antilope May 30, 2011 04:15 PM

                                  Add beanie weenies, yummmmm

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                                    mamachef RE: iL Divo May 30, 2011 05:59 PM

                                    Add a can of pork and beans with canned hotdogs to canned chili? I don't know. That sounds like an odd matchup, Il Divo. Is it something your 5-year-old eats?

                                    1. re: mamachef
                                      KaimukiMan RE: mamachef May 31, 2011 12:59 PM

                                      isn't that just a chili dog? maybe a bit on the sweet side, but i don't see the issue.

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                                        mamachef RE: KaimukiMan May 31, 2011 01:17 PM

                                        The issue, for me, is actually the texture of the canned hot dogs. There's a remote possibility that if you just mixed pork and beans with canned chili, the spices in the chili would overtake the sweetness of the pork and beans, in which case I might could choke it down poured over a freshly steamed hot dog. But the whole idea of mixing the two sounds.....just disastrous to me. In theory and in general. I guess maybe I can't see the point, because it doesn't sound like an improvement to me at all.

                                2. danionavenue RE: Reston May 30, 2011 04:47 PM

                                  Do like Wendy's and make your chili the "meat" of a taco salad. Top shell and lettuce salad with tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream, salsa, corn... good summer meal.

                                  1. greygarious RE: Reston May 30, 2011 05:24 PM

                                    Make a few quarts of beef-vegetable soup or bean soup and use the chili in that, so it doesn't
                                    have enough of a presence to be objectionable.

                                    1. KaimukiMan RE: Reston May 30, 2011 05:35 PM

                                      brown up some ground beef, throw in some good salsa, maybe an onion if you have one, some jalapenos, some chili in adobo-adds a lot of heat and some good smokey flavor-, toss in the can of chili. and then use it for chili dogs, taco filling, burritoes, put it over rice (a hawaii favorite), a chili size (on an open face burger with onion and cheese), or just a 'bowl of red'

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                                        c oliver RE: KaimukiMan May 30, 2011 07:07 PM

                                        Yay, KM. You have basically neutralized canned chili. Good for you ) Best, C

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                                          KaimukiMan RE: c oliver May 30, 2011 09:40 PM

                                          but the can of chili does add some base flavors, helps thicken things up. You just have to start with a decent can of chili. Hormel, Dennison's, and i'm told Wolf.

                                          and yes, depending on my mood I may add pinto beans, black beans, or small red kidney beans. Even been known to add all three when I'm making a big batch. One time (when I had a few too many adult beverages) i accidently threw in a can of refried beans.... that was a mistake.

                                          thanks CO

                                      2. letsindulge RE: Reston May 30, 2011 07:20 PM

                                        NACHOS!!! My quick & wicked version requires no "real" cooking and practically all pre-made products. Heat chili and pour over tortilla chips. Then on layer guacamole, salsa, grated cheese, olives, and finally pickled jalapenos. My guilty pleasure.

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                                          rasputina RE: Reston May 31, 2011 07:32 AM

                                          Heat and serve over:

                                          frito chips
                                          hot dogs

                                          those are my favorites

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                                            iL Divo RE: rasputina May 31, 2011 12:26 PM

                                            yumm sounds great

                                          2. Kajikit RE: Reston May 31, 2011 08:16 AM

                                            I'd heat up a passel of hotdogs and make chilli dogs... the hotdog flavour will cover up a multitude of sins in the chili.

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                                              Maggie19 RE: Reston May 31, 2011 12:13 PM

                                              Well - being that I grew-up in Austin, I've had me a few cans of Hormel Chili. I like it when camping... Add a can of diced tomatoes and about a half of cup of diced raw onion. Add a tablespoon of Ancho powder and a couple long hard shots of Cholula. Add a can of black beans or pinto beans .... slow cook and serve with cilantro & sour cream.

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                                                Nanzi RE: Maggie19 Jun 1, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                I add some sour cream and/or velveeta and use it for dip. Totally good!!

                                              2. WildSwede RE: Reston Jun 2, 2011 04:43 PM

                                                Chili spaghetti! Add some of the seasonings mentioned above, top spaghetti with it and top that with cheese and grilled onions! DELICIOUS! ;-)

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                                                  iL Divo RE: WildSwede Jun 2, 2011 06:42 PM

                                                  hey we think alike.
                                                  I used to order this at Bobs Big Boy years ago and loved it.

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                                                    c oliver RE: WildSwede Jun 4, 2011 07:00 AM

                                                    Kinda like this Cincinnati chili?


                                                  2. iL Divo RE: Reston Jun 2, 2011 06:41 PM

                                                    Open a good can of chili con carne cook up some spaghetti noodles, butter them slightly, spoon cooked chili over noodles, small spoon of sour cream on top, shredded cheddar on top of sour cream fresh chopped white onions on top and enjoy.

                                                    1. tracylee RE: Reston Jun 2, 2011 11:31 PM

                                                      I use it in a breakfast burrito with a scrambled egg and cheese on top. Wrap, toast, and eat! Adds extra protein. I think I added it up once (may have been a tomato-basil wrap tortilla) and it came to about 30 grams.

                                                      1. John E. RE: Reston Jun 4, 2011 12:03 PM

                                                        There are a lot of posts here about what I consider things to do with chili, not a single can of chili. If it takes more than a can of chili you would be better served to make the chili from scratch. It is not difficult to do and the results are far superior than what you get in the can. The fat content and sodium alone are reasons to make it yourself.

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                                                        1. re: John E.
                                                          JonParker RE: John E. Jun 5, 2011 07:49 AM

                                                          Then its been way too long since you've had a big steaming bowl of Wolf Brand chili.

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                                                            John E. RE: JonParker Jun 5, 2011 10:50 AM

                                                            I had to do a search for Wolf Brand Chili to understand that your reply was a Wolf slogan. I also discovered that Wolf chili might be in the stores in Minnesota (remember, we are home to Hormel Brand Chili). Here is a paragraph from a news release announcing Wolf's expansion into the midwest last fall:

                                                            "The brand’s expansion was driven by consumer research that showed even though the Midwest has the highest index of chili consumption in the nation, the region reports only moderate canned chili sales. “Chili eaters in the Midwest are more likely to make their chili from scratch,”

                                                            To really put that into context is that never in my life have I kbowingly eaten a bowl of canned chili.

                                                            1. re: John E.
                                                              marthasway RE: John E. Jun 5, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                              I got scathing responses on the Texas board to my liking Wolf Brand chili, the taste of my Texas childhood. I will defend it and my personal to those meanies any day!

                                                              1. re: John E.
                                                                JonParker RE: John E. Jun 7, 2011 03:52 AM

                                                                I now live in MD, where Wolf Brand is not available. I use Hormel for chili dogs and the like, but its not the same. Canned chili is a totally different art form than homemade -- like the difference between painting and photography, or silent and sound film. And for canned chili, Wolf Brand is the master.

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                                                            MrsMacklin62 RE: Reston Jun 29, 2014 01:33 PM

                                                            deep fry some seasoned fries, sautée some onions, & fry up some bacon (6-8 slices) don't forget to warm up the chilli. Once fries are done pour some chilli over them add shredded cheddar cheese and onions place bacon on top and you'll be in HEAVEN.

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