Krystle's Cozy Chili Recipe

Krystle's Cozy Chili Recipe

 I have always been a chili lover, especially during the cold months. I actually entered a chili contest a looong time ago when we were stationed at MCAS Cherry Point... unfortunately, my chili didn't win but I got so so so many compliments on it. I've slowly changed things up over the years & I'm at a point, right now, where I'm LOVING all of the little tweaks I did here & there to my recipe. It does have a slight kick to it- but it's not too overpowering. You can cook this in 30-45 minutes on the stove. Happy cooking friend!

Krystle's Cozy Chili Recipe


  • 1lb of ground beef (I like to use 93/7)
  • 2 10oz cans of Chili Fixin's by ROTEL
  • 2 packets of McCormick mild chili seasoning
  • 1 15oz can of Original Manwich sloppy joe sauce (this is my secret ingredient & it might sound weird... but trust me, it's SO good!)
  • 1 15.5oz can of light red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15.5oz can of black beans, drained
  • 1 15.5oz can of pinto beans, drained
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 white onion
  • garlic powder
  • olive oil
  • 5qt stock pot


1. I start by cutting up the green pepper & white onion, I like to use half of each when using 1lb of ground beef. I add a little bit of olive oil to the stock pot & then sauté them together for about 5-7 minutes.  

2. Add the ground beef in the green pepper + onion mixture & cook until ground beef is browned. Then drain the meat to get rid of any excess grease & add back into your pot.

3. Open both of the cans of ROTEL Chili Fixin's & add to the pot & stir. 

4. Open all 3 cans of beans (light red kidney, black beans & pinto beans) & add to the pot & stir. 

5. Open the can of original Manwich & add to the pot & stir. Then add the two packets of McCormick mild chili seasoning & garlic powder (as much or as little as you'd like) & stir.

6. I like to let this simmer for at least 20 minutes before serving. If the chili is a little thick, you can add a little bit of water. 

I also love serving the chili with cornbread or bread slices.

Topping Ideas:

  • shredded cheese like sharp cheddar
  • sour cream
  • jalapenos 
  • cilantro
  • green onion
  • Cheez-It crackers
  • saltine crackers
  • tortilla strips 
  • chopped avocado 
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