Presidential Debate Chili

Presidential Debate Chili

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"A basic but tasty chili recipe that you can keep mild or season to a fire-hot! A great dinner, game day meal, or perfect when watching political debates. Add as a side rice or cornbread, Fritos® or crackers, and definitely grated cheese, and you'll have a winner. (Blue ribbon chili cook-off winner.)"

Ingredients 1 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 240 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 240 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.4g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 17.1 g
  • 34%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 1137 mg
  • 45%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Crumble beef into a large pot over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic. Cook and stir beef until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard excess grease. Return pot to medium-high heat.
  2. Stir diced tomatoes, beef broth, diced green chilies, chili powder, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, and salt through the beef mixture. Add beans and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the pot, and simmer for 1 hour.
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Reviews 12

  1. 15 Ratings


Kudos to the submitter(s), This Colorado Trio, for the catchy, fun and timely name they gave their chili. It’s an obvious attention grabber and it works. It’s so much more creative than the (yawn) “The Best Chili in the Whole Wide World,” or “Easy, Peasy, Chili.” And chili is certainly appropriate for a Presidential Debate to keep muss and fuss to a minimum. It was also interesting for me to try, since it was different than how I generally make it. Individual tastes vary, of course, but for me this was good, not great. First, in defense of the recipe, I couldn’t stay true as I was unable to find “ranch-style beans” so I improvised with suggestions I easily found on the internet. The can of diced green chilies was a new addition and while it contributed a flavor kick, I found it too BIG of a kick – I could see reducing that amount and maybe filling in with green bell peppers. The broth was different for me too, and I’m sort of indifferent about it. Where my taste buds had an issue was with the oregano –I don’t generally add that to chili and I guess I could like it- but two teaspoons was way overkill for me. Submitter is correct – this is an easy, basic chili recipe that can be modified with changes or substitutions or to include favorite add-ins. I appreciated the new and fun cooking experience, especially for tonight’s final and important Presidential Debate.

Baking Nana

Hubby gives this 5 stars, he went back for seconds - I give it 5 stars because it managed to keep his mouth busy instead of yapping throughout the debate. Thanks for a good recipe with a fun name.


Good basic chili, and that's pretty much how we like our chili. I did appreciate not having to use any packaged chili seasonings with all of the sugar and chemicals that comes with it. Not quite spicy enough for us though, so I added more chili powder and more cumin. Also, I could not find "ranch beans" (mentioned by a previous reviewer), so I used dark red kidney beans and one can was more than enough for this size recipe.