Chili With Cheddar Cheese Recipe

Cheddar Cheese
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  • Total: 95 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
821 Calories
18g Fat
107g Carbs
62g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 821
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 246mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 107g 39%
Dietary Fiber 29g 105%
Protein 62g
Calcium 495mg 38%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chili is sometimes better the day after you cook it, which means it's the perfect dish to make ahead and reheat for lunch or dinner. This chili with cheddar cheese recipe is straightforward but delicious; just like Mom used to make it.

Sharp, white Cheddar cheese is my favorite garnish, but any Cheddar will work.


  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can chiles (4 ounces can, mild, green, diced)
  • 2 cans pinto beans (15 ounce cans, drained but not rinsed)
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 ounces can, drained but not rinsed)
  • 2 cans tomatoes (15 ounce cans, diced)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (finely chopped, or cilantro)
  • 1/3 pound cheese (sharp white Cheddar, grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large pot, saute onion in 1 tsp oil for just a few minutes, until it begins to soften. Add beef and garlic. Chop ground beef up into smaller chunks as it cooks. Add cumin, cayenne pepper and salt.

  2. When ground beef is no longer pink, add water, chiles, beans, tomatoes and parsley or cilantro.

  3. On med-low heat, simmer for one hour with the lid partially on. Stir occasionally.

  4. Serve garnished with grated cheddar and minced parsley or cilantro.

Chili and Cheddar Cheese recipe by Jennifer Meier

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