Monday, February 12, 2018

Quick Chili for Chili Cheese Fries, Frito Pie and Walking Tacos

A quick skillet chili perfect for some chili cheese fries, Frito pie and walking tacos.

A quick skillet chili perfect for some chili cheese fries, Frito pie and walking tacos.

Quick Chili

I love a good homemade chili and I've got several recipes up on the blog. Like anybody else though, I try to keep a few cans of chili on hand too, stocking up whenever I find them on sale.

It's just mighty convenient when you're in a hurry for something like a couple chili dogs, mini Frito pies, walking tacos or some chili cheese fries. and there are some really good brands out there these days, including both Hormel and Wolf brand, which are two of my own personal preferences.


Yep, I actually get cravings for all of the above, and, sometimes frankly, that's dinner for me! This recipe is for a small skillet version of chili that I make when I don't have any canned on hand. It will be equal to about two cups, so increase it accordingly as needed.

I prefer to use Rotel Chili Fixin's tomatoes for this quick chili. It's a brand of diced tomatoes with green chilies, that also contains additional chili spices and seasonings such as salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano, red pepper, garlic and onion, so expect some heat for sure! I buy it at Walmart here locally, but if you can't find that version in your local grocery market, you can certainly substitute original or mild. If you prefer less heat, change to standard diced tomatoes, but just be sure to taste and add some of the missing seasonings from the Cook's Notes, in both cases.


I also like to use a can of stewed tomatoes, as opposed to sauce or crushed, because they are cooked down with the trinity (onion, bell pepper and celery), and more flavorful. Just use a hand chopper or some kitchen shears right in the can to break them down.


Here's how to make my quick skillet chili - as always, find the full recipe with ingredients, measurements and directions, as well as a printable further down the page. Brown the beef and add the tomatoes and seasonings.


Nice and thick in about 30 minutes! You should end up with about 2 cups of finished product, just enough for a couple chili dogs, mini Frito pies, walking tacos or some chili cheese fries.


Lets make some Chili Cheese Fries this time! Just prepare the fries the way you want and put them into an oven safe dish - these are baked. Top with cheese, top with some of the chili and more cheese. Bake or pass under the broiler to melt the cheese.


Add your favorite toppings and dig in!


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Recipe: Quick Chili for Chili Cheese Fries, Frito Pie and Walking Tacos

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 40 min
Yield: About 2 cups


Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel Chili Fixin's diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, optional
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • Dried red pepper flakes, optional
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions

Brown ground beef, draining off any excess oil. Add the Rotel and pureed tomatoes, chili powder, brown sugar, ketchup and red pepper flakes, if using. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on medium high until reduced and thickened to desired consistency, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste, season with salt and pepper as needed. This recipe will be equal to about two cups of chili, once cooked down and reduced. Increase ingredients accordingly as needed.

For Chili with Beans: Add in one can of chili beans (Bush's recommended) or plain pinto, kidney, white or black beans, rinsed and drained well.

For Chili Cheese Fries: Prepare french fries according to package directions until browned. Layer a baking tray or individual oven safe dish as follows: First, cooked fries, topped with cheese, chili spooned over the top and more cheese on top. Place under a preheated broiler, only until the cheese has melted. Add toppings as desired (cooked crumbled bacon, raw yellow onion, sour cream, guacamole, sliced green onion) and serve immediately.

For Walking Tacos: For a walking taco, start with individual bags of corn chips. Gently break the chips before opening bag. Open bag and top the chips with some cheese, add hot chili, some additional cheese and toppings as desired. Eat from the bag.

For Frito Pie: Also known as straw hats and sombreros, this is the same concept as a walking taco, except in casserole form. Increase chili according to casserole dish size. Spread a layer of corn chips on the bottom of a baking dish. Top with warmed chili, then top with grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Add toppings as desired.

Cook's Notes: Use a mix of ground beef and breakfast sausage. I like to use stewed tomatoes, because they are cooked down with the trinity (onion, bell pepper and celery), and use a hand chopper to puree them. Rotel Chili Fixin's is a brand of diced tomatoes with green chilies, that also contains additional chili spices and seasonings such as salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano, red pepper, garlic and onion. If you can't find that version of Rotel, substitute mild or regular Rotel and add a pinch of those additional seasonings to taste. May also substitute regular diced tomatoes for a milder version, adjusting seasonings as desired.

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2 comments:

  1. My grandson has been hounding me to fix chili for hot dogs. You always ride in on your recipe horse and save the day darling girl. Thanks for this post and as always thanks for sharin' yourself with me. Happy Fat Tuesday and xoxo Oma Linda

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