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UnChili-a simple twist on your favorite comfort food

I am a soup lover. In fact, it is my favorite food! Pretty much if it is served in a bowl, I like it! Yes, I'm one of those people, who the minute the temperature drops below 75, I'm making all the soups and warm comfort foods. It's only natural that when my mom use to make this simple recipe, it was always a childhood favorite. I remember her coming home from teaching school and throwing it all together in our avocado green kitchen before a basketball game or before we headed out to Wednesday night Bible study. It seemed like she always made it in the fall or on a cold rainy winter day and it would just hit the spot, as only good comfort food can.

I had mostly forgotten about this until recently when I was looking for some new, simple recipes. Ya'll know I love cooking from scratch and value all things simple, but sometimes you just need simple with a little help! We are entering a really busy time in our farm family's life, and that is our first ever Springtime season on the farm! So, I give myself a little grace and don't worry if everything isn't perfect and I'm not cooking 3 nutritious meals a day from scratch. I recently made it for my crew and they scarfed it down calling it "chili without the sauce". And they are right! I had an epiphany of sorts, that it DOES taste like chili and I've never made the connection. 😂 It's kinda like chili but not. Hence we've named it un-chili.

It's just one of those one skillet meals that every busy mom needs in her arsenal. It's versatile enough that you can eat it with Fritos or add some lettuce and tomato on top for more of a taco bowl feel. Put some cheese on top and you are ready to go! I hope all my other busy (or just tired) mama's enjoy! Use paper plates and you only have one dish to wash! 😉


1 16 oz can of tomato sauce

1 package of Spanish rice

1 cup of water

1 lb, of ground beef

2 cans of chili or ranch style beans (they need to be this specific type to get the flavor you are looking for)


Cook ground beef and drain.

Add the ground beef, tomato sauce, water, and the packages of rice. Cover and simmer 10-15 until rice is tender.

Add in the cans of beans (and extra water if needed) and simmer for 5-10 more minutes.

Serve by itself or with cheese, tortilla chips, lettuce, tomatoes, and all the fixings.

This easy recipe will save you on busy nights with family or friends to feed in a hurry. It's a simple and time-saving twist to one of the best comfort foods-chili! What it lacks in a name, it makes up for in heartiness and taste. Your family will enjoy the filling delicious flavor and you will enjoy the easy preparation. 😊

What I used: Check out my list of favorite kitchen supplies below!


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