Spicy Freezer Chili

Chili with cheese
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  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

This simple chili freezes very well, so make a batch or two and keep them in your freezer for last minute dinners and entertaining. Make a batch or three at the beginning of winter to help get you through the long, cold season. Top with shredded cheese and sliced scallions for an added punch of flavor.

What You'll Need

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

How to Make It

  1. Cook ground beef with onions and garlic in heavy skillet until ground beef is brown and vegetables are tender;
  2. Drain the skillet.
  3. Mix all ingredients except cornstarch and water in saucepan.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes. If you want a thicker chili, mix cornstarch and water in small bowl until smooth and add to chili, stirring well.
  5. Uncover and cook for about 10 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  1. To freeze, do not add cornstarch and water. Cool quickly in refrigerator, then place in plastic freezer containers and freeze until solid.
  2. To reheat, place chili in saucepan with 1/4 cup water and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reheated.
  3. At this point you can add the cornstarch and water mixture if you'd like a thicker chili.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
573 Calories
9g Fat
85g Carbs
42g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)