Perfect Man Food: One Skillet Chili Bake


I had a ball with apple week and I have really enjoyed all of the recipes from Southern Plate readers!

After a week of apple dishes though, I’m ready for a good and hearty meal or what I call Man Food. One Skillet Chili Bake is the PERFECT man food dish. It is hearty, filling, can be made spicier if you like, and involves very little effort on your part. Whats more, it is eaten with chips. You can go back to your cave man roots and ditch the utensils!

When fall rolls around in the south, attention turns to football. Families host regular get togethers to watch the game and an assortment of “man food” dishes are always present. Although I serve this for supper (I actually don’t like football – but don’t tell, they might kick me out of Alabama!), it has been a hit at many a football party.

One Skillet Chili Bake : When you need some REAL food!
You’ll need: ground beef (cooked and drained), kidney beans, ro-tel, rice, chili powder, cheddar cheese.
Yes, I even found a generic for Ro-Tel. I tell y’all, I’m good!
Nothing but the cheapest for my family!
Ro-tel is a mixture of diced tomatoes and green chilies. In place of Ro-tel, you can just use a can of diced tomates and a small can of chopped green chilies.
Place ground beef in a large skillet.
(Now y’all know I buy ten to fifteen pounds of ground beef and cook it all at once. Then, I stick it in quart sized freezer bags, about a cup and a half or two cups per bag, and freeze it. Then I can just pop it out and save the trouble of cooking it anytime I need ground beef!)

By the way, I have a GREAT giveaway coming up involving ground beef when I get back from Disney – Stay Tuned!
Pour in can of kidney beans, juice and all.
Add can of Ro-Tel.
(or substitution for Ro-Tel as listed in ingredients)
Add 1/2 C uncooked rice.
Add 2 T chili powder
Add 1 C water. Sometimes I don’t have to add the water, it depends on the amount of juice in my tomatoes and kidney beans.
Stir that all up.
Cover with lid and simmer for twenty minutes, or until the rice is done.
Remove lid and sprinkle liberally with shredded cheese.
Allow cheese to melt. Serve with tortilla or corn chips.

One Skillet Chili Bake
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can Ro-Tel (or one small can diced tomatoes and small can chopped green chilies)
  • ½ Cup uncooked rice
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Cup water, if needed
  1. In large skillet, brown beef and drain well. Add beans, Ro-Tel, Rice, and Chili Powder. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until rice is done. Uncover and top with cheddar cheese. Continue cooking until cheese melts. Serve with tortilla or corn chips.

GREAT NEWS! I have a new camera on its way!! A really NICE camera! I am avoiding any new tutorials until it gets here so I can take some great photos! No worries though, I have TONS of photos just waiting to be written up! While I am gone next week, I have a series of tutorials for every single dish in one of my mom’s best meals!

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BloggerSouthern Plate said…

Chili Bake Add-ins

Y’all, I did the photos for this tutorial weeks ago. Like the rest of you, NOW I’M HUNGRY after reading this! ~laughs~

So, It’s nine thirty a.m. and I’ve decided to make chili bake. I have often made this with what I had on hand and here are some things that I have added in the past:

Corn (I love corn and will add it to anything I can!)

More water, extra rice (This makes it go a lot further to feed more)

Sour Cream (self explanatory:)

Mozzarella cheese (when I didn’t have cheddar)

Sliced Cheese (I put four or five slices over the top to melt when I didn’t have cheddar)

More kidney beans, black beans, chopped green chilies, jalapenos, etc.

Honestly, you can do just about anything to doctor this up and its still good!This is just one of those really basic, simple meals.

Ooooh, honey, you are taking quite a risk saying such a thing about football in Bama country! Ha!


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