Chili from The Pioneer Woman

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There’s nothing like a hot bowl of chili on a cold day! I recently made some, and I used the recipe from the cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks, which I had been wanting to try for some time. I really liked it! It’s a nice, thick chili, and the recipe says you can add some water if it gets too thick while it’s cooking; I decided to try using beef broth instead to keep the flavor nice and beefy. I also left out the optional seeded and diced jalapeno, but I may just try adding that in next time! If you’re a chili-lover you will need to try this!

SIMPLE, PERFECT CHILI (slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks)

Makes 6 servings

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 (14.5-oz.) can beef broth (or 1-2 cups water)
  • ¼ cup masa (corn flour, found in Mexican food section of supermarkets)
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (10-oz.) can Rotel® diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onion, corn chips, and sour cream for garnish

Place the ground beef in a large pot and add minced garlic. Cook over medium heat until beef browns, and drain fat. Stir in the tomato sauce, spices, salt, and 1/2 can beef broth. Stir everything together well, then cover, and reduce heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

After an hour, place the masa in a small bowl.  Add ½ cup water and stir together with a fork. Add the masa mixture into the chili and stir well. Then add the beans and Rotel® tomatoes. If chili is too thick for your liking, add more beef broth or water. Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.

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Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onion, corn chips, and sour cream, if desired.

This is one of my favorite chili recipes now! Do you have a favorite?

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6 thoughts on “Chili from The Pioneer Woman

    • Hi Kelsey–I’ve read that you can substitute corn meal for the Masa, which is corn flour. The taste will be slightly different, but that’s probably the closest substitute. It’s used in this chili recipe as a thickener. Hope that helps!

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