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Why Can Opener Chili Will Make You Question Other Chili Recipes

I shared my 5 Easy Steps to Hosting a Chili Cook-off and now I want to share with you my recipe for a chili.

I use to call it cheat chili but lets face it, it is more than that so I am now calling it Can Opener Chili. I open a lot of cans to make this but please know it is made with love.  Ha!  Just kidding.  I hate to chop.  I barely tolerate cooking which is why I like to blog about the recipes I find.  They are easy and I did a good job.

I have been making this for years and I am always looking to improve upon it for instance, I started adding corn two years ago and last year I started adding RoTel because it is awesome and I hate roasting hot peppers.  And then there was the time that Baby Girl decided to improve on my recipe by adding a banana to the pot.

I finished the chili and while it was simmering I ran upstairs for whatever reason.  She found me and told me that she was helping me cook.

She was two, what could she do?  Well I learned that she is tall enough to toss a banana into a pot of chili and that she really likes to cook.  Needless to say she never attempted that again and I now let her "help" by pouring the already opened cans into the chili.  Oh, kids can be so darn cute.

So without further ado...

look at that chunky goodness

Can Opener Chili


  • 1 large Green pepper
  • 1 medium onion (your choice)
  • 3lbs Ground beef or turkey 
  • Can of black beans
  • Can of Bush's chili beans
  • 1 jar of Mrs Renfro Smoked Salsa (or another brand you like)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 cup frozen corn
    season to your liking with:
    • hot sauce (lots is a good start)
    • cilantro (and lots of that too)
    • chipotle seasoning
    • salt and pepper


    • In olive oil, saute the onion and green peppers and add beef when onions are translucent.
    • Open the cans and jars
    • Add to the pot and let simmer


    Looking for a dessert idea? Try Dark Chocolate Fudge Guinness Brownies.

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