Ranch Chili

This could be called “Make your own heat Chili”,  ‘cuz you can make mild or as hot as you can stand it…..


My wimpy kids can’t handle much heat at all, so ours is on the mild side…..

The Cast of Characters










You could also make this vegetarian and leave out the beef–

We are firm believers in beef, so this won’t be happening in our house anytime soon!

Mince garlic and finely chop onion








Place large stockpot on burner on medium heat, add small amount of oil, garlic and onion and saute until soft and beginning to brown…

This is when you could add some finely chopped jalapenos if you were looking for a little more fire to your day…..









Add ground beef, cook and stir until brown and no longer pink….








Once beef is browned, drain off extra fat-

We have nice, lean prairie raised Angus so I can skip this step–if you have nice, lean prairie raised Angus, you can skip this step too….

At this point, go ahead and season the beef- this adds a layer of flavor to the chili- I use Montreal Steak Seasoning- absolutely love this stuff!

Cracked pepper, kosher salt and other seasonings make it a great one step seasoning option-

I also add ground cumin and lots of it–

Just shake over beef until it looks good- I know that measurement is not helpful- it’s approximately 2 tsp of each, give or take…

Measuring is not my forte….

Open two 10 oz cans of tomato soup and add to beef mixture-

This is the key to the whole chili–

I am unaware of another chili recipe that uses condensed tomato soup- if you find one, let me know….









Add two cans of water, or beef broth if you have it on hand- – the broth gives a richer flavor, but water is just fine too….

Then pour in both cans of tomato’s- I like the kind with green chili’s- Rotel or Hunt’s-

It’s my way of sneaking in a little flavor and heat without my  kids catching on….









Then dump in the beans, beans and more beans! 

You can stick with all kidney beans, or add a little chili beans, or go crazy with the black beans…..

We are all about doin’ your own thing….

I used 2 cans kidney beans, 2 cans pinto beans (one with chili seasoning), and one can of black beans….

You could add the finely chopped jalapeno’s here instead if your little heart so desires…









Stir well, add a little more Montreal Steak Seasoning and cumin to taste, and simmer for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend-









Serve with chips, sour cream, and fresh cilantro…. or not, it’s totally up to you…..

This is an awesome football party recipe….just in time for, oh I don’t know, the Super Bowl?


Published on January 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

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