In search of the perfect minimalists chili recipe!


Making a really great pot of chili on a ninety degree day would seem a bit obtuse or even strange to many folks. Well, call me a practicing masochist then, as I do love eating a good bowl of red in most any season. Today, I decided to see if adding a can of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes would actually improve my ‘really tasty chili‘ recipe!


Simple is best!

In my original (and very minimal recipe list), I employed a generic can of petite dice tomatoes. And, I thought that it tasted pretty darn good. Time went on and I made a lot of that chili using just that combination. However, a culinary associate suggested that Ro-Tel’s ‘diced tomatoes and green chilies’ might add an additional spark! What? Screw with perfection, I wondered? OK, sure. Why not! So, I went out and got myself a can for about $1.05 USD at a local grocery mart.

Preparation is a breeze!

The preparation went as usual, (something I’ve done hundreds of times). I took out my trusty Le Creuset (Fr: the crucible) enameled cookware pot, added the can of tomatoes and a can of kidney beans ( after draining most of the stuff they were packed in, and placed it on a induction stove top set at level 5. While that deal heated up, I added one pound of ground beef to a frying pan, sauteed it til brown, drained the grease and then added that to the tomato bean mix. Lastly, I added about 28 grams of Williams Chili Mix. The pot was covered and set to simmer for about thirty minutes… and then…..


OK, I’ll admit that by adding the Ro-Tel as opposed to generic diced tomatoes sans the chilies, that there was a definite bounce in my flavor meter! (My only last minute addition to my steaming bowl of red being a squirt or two of Tabasco sauce).

In summary then, my current simple chili meal-a-deal contains the following;

1 lb ground beef 80-20% mix

1 10 oz can Ro-Tel original diced tomatoes and chilies

1 15 oz can generic kidney beans, partly drained

16 grams of Williams chili mix (one pkg good for 2 lbs, so about half)

A shot or two of Tabasco sauce, to taste (optional)

The above ingredients makes for a super base to which you can add all sorts of crap such as chopped onions, shredded cheese, pasta and the like!

Nutritionally, this recipe is great for anyone on a diet, if used in small portions. (It’s high in protein and iron for starters). And, at about 1.43 calories per gram, a 150 gram serving ain’t all that big a deal in the old calorie department! (Note that is you add any of the other toppings, the calories per gram go right through the roof)!

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who currently resides in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy blogging and politics. I received my degree from SIU majoring in Biology in 1972 and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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