Home By Dawn Dawn’s Secret Ingredient Chili Recipe (using all Aldi ingredients!)

Sometimes you just stumble across a great recipe alteration. One time when I was making chili I was out of tomato paste, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes, so basically nothing to make a base out of. I thought about abandoning the chili recipe when a jar of salsa caught my attention in the pantry.

At that point I didn’t have much to lose, so I tossed it in and make the rest of the recipe as usual.

The result? It was fabulous! I love veggies, and my preference would be a hearty, chunky vegetable rich chili, however the rest of my family would object, so what I love about this option is that you still get some veggies mixed in, but with NO DICING!

It is quick and easy and adds a TON of flavor to the mix, I can hardly eat it any other way now, it just tastes too boring!

People always rave about my chili and ask what is in it!?! A secret ingredient that I stumbled across one time when I was out of tomato sauce!

And whenever I make a chili now, I usually use ingredients from Aldi because they are inexpensive, and I LOVE their version of Rotel tomatoes. Their diced tomatoes with green chilis add a nice heat to the salsa (but only if you like it spicy!) and have WAY more flavor than the brand named counter part.People always rave about my chili and ask what is in it!?! A secret ingredient that I stumbled across one time when I was out of tomato sauce!

And while I usually just use whatever type of beans I have on hand, I like the color that black beans add, so I usually use at least one or two cans of them.

I also like to mix it up from time to time by adding in corn or brown beans, both add a hint of unexpected sweetness that compliments the spiciness perfectly.

And to top it off, I love sliced jalapeños, sour cream and a little shredded cheese. My husband adds 20 saltines to his and I also like to serve it with Fritos for something different.

But the best part? I always get TONS OF COMPLIMENTS on my mistake ingredient! I’ve never considered myself an exceptional cook, but people rave about my chili, so that is kind of fun :)

Here is the recipe…

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Secret Ingredient Aldi Chili Recipe:

Secret ingredient chili recipe...once you use this ingredient you'll never go back!PREP TIME:

15 minute


INGREDIENTS:

1 large jar of salsa (the secret ingredient!)
1-2  8oz. cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 – 1  28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 can of chili beans (with most of the sauce drained off)
1-2 cans of black beans
1lb. of ground hamburger browned, drained
1 package chili seasoning

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix ingredients in a large pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes before serving. Top with your favorites chili toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, soda crackers, Ritz crackers, or Fritos.

Alteration: substitute chili beans for a can of baked beans or add 1-2 cans of corn (drained)

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…add more or less of any of these ingredients to taste! I don’t think that any of my batches of chili ever taste the same!

And if you have time, I HIGHLY recommend making your own chili seasoning, the flavor is EVEN BETTER, here is a seasoning recipe that I have used and liked: Homemade Seasoning Recipe

I’d love to know if you have any “secret” ingredients that you add to your chili? Please share below :)

Happy cooking!

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People always rave about my chili and ask what is in my recipe!?! A secret ingredient that I stumbled across one time when I was out of tomato sauce!



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Dawn
A graphic designer & marketer by trade, I left the traditional working world in 2012 to stay home with my four kids. I love being home, but am glad to still have opportunity to design professionally and for fun and to share my ideas here from time to time. A country girl at heart, I live with my husband and four kids (5, 3, 2 and infant) just outside of the Twin Cities and only a few miles from my parent’s farm.