Hearty Meat Chili in Bread Bowls Recipe

by Marcy on January 23, 2014 · 0 comments

Hearty Meat Chili in a Bread Bowl Recipe


Hearty Meat Chili in Bread Bowls Recipe

This year one of my goals for this blog is to share more family and budget friendly recipes with you. I have found that one of the keys to keeping our budget in check is to eat out less (it’s an ongoing battle!), but sometimes I really crave specific dishes from my favorite restaurants.

When I was growing up, we lived pretty far out in the country, and we didn’t have many restaurant options. And fast food was pretty much non-existent! I can remember my mom cooking up homemade pizza, burgers, fries and rootbeer floats along with other restaurant inspired dishes for us, especially on Friday or Saturday night.

I realize now that she did this in part because restaurants were far away – but also in large part due to a tight budget. The funny thing is, I have great memories of these meals, and I have used these memories as inspiration to do the same in my own home.

Today I’m going to share this great Hearty Meat Chili Recipe with you. Chili is a meal that you can’t go wrong with. You can serve chili in a bowl topped with cheese and a side of crackers or on top or a baked potato or hot dog in a bun. Chili freezes beautifully and serves a crowd – and there are so many variations that you are sure to find one to please even the pickiest of eaters.

One of my favorite restaurant lunches is soup in a bread bowl. While I am capable of making my own bread, the thought of making my own bread bowl felt a bit daunting. But one day I spied a round loaf of bread in the bakery section of my local grocery store and though – why can’t I hollow that out and “make” my own bread bowls?

Chili happened to be on the menu that night, so this dish was born! Chicken Noodle Soup bread bowls from Panera are one of my favorites – so a copycat of that dish might have to be next on my agenda!

Hearty Meat Chili in Bread Bowls Recipe

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Total time: 

Serves: 16 cups

Recipe courtesy of Stretching a Buck.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans chili style diced tomatoes (I like Rotel, I mix one mild and one original)
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • For Serving:
  • Two small round loaves of bread
  • Shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large stockpot, brown the ground beef and the onion. Drain the excess fat. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans and seasoning and stir. Simmer the chili for 1 hour.
  2. To serve, cut a circle in the top of the bread and scoop out some of the middle. Fill the hole with chili and top with cheese.
  3. Note: you can also place the mixture into a slow cooker to simmer until you are ready to eat! 4-6 hrs on high, or 8-10 hours on low.

Hearty Meat Chili in Bread Bowls Recipe

Prep time: 

Cook time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 16 cups

Recipe courtesy of Stretching a Buck.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans chili style diced tomatoes (I like Rotel, I mix one mild and one original)
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • For Serving:
  • Two small round loaves of bread
  • Shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large stockpot, brown the ground beef and the onion. Drain the excess fat. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans and seasoning and stir. Simmer the chili for 1 hour.
  2. To serve, cut a circle in the top of the bread and scoop out some of the middle. Fill the hole with chili and top with cheese.
  3. Note: you can also place the mixture into a slow cooker to simmer until you are ready to eat! 4-6 hrs on high, or 8-10 hours on low.

 

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