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

One Skillet Chili Bake

Ingredients

  • 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)
  • 1/2 Cup uncooked rice
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Cup water, if needed

Instructions

  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.
http://www.southernplate.com/2008/09/perfect-man-food-one-skillet-chili-bake.html
 

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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Blogger Southern 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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Comments

  1. sjs says

    Hey. I love chili especially on a nice cold day.:) We don’t get much of those here in TX. Hope you are having a great day.:) I will be printing off some of the apple recipes to try.:) Thanks for all your hard work.:)
    Sharon:)

  2. Southern Plate says

    Hey Sharon! I know just what you mean about cold days! I don’t think Bama is much different from your gorgeous state.

    I’m so glad you’re here, thank you for the kind words!!!!!!
    ~Grins from ear to ear~
    Christy

  3. Linda Goossen says

    Of course you can get Ro-Tel in places besides the south. We can get them at our local Wal-mart and Dillons. The product that is hard to get is Stokes Green Chili Sauce with pork. Yummy!

  4. April in CT says

    If I couldn’t get Ro-Tel in CT I’d have to move. So far I’ve seen it everywhere we live.

    This is perfect cooler weather fare! Our high will be 70 on Wed. and I’m so stinkin excited I can’t stand myself.

  5. Southern Plate says

    Thank y’all so much!! I am just going to remove the whole “if you can’t find ro tel” thing now!

    You know my biggest problem is that I have never lived outside of the South so I don’t know these things! I try to cover my bases because lo and behold there will be one product that I think EVERYONE has and it may turn out to be an Alabama only thing.

    I appreciate your help! If I ever mention something that you haven’t heard of, holler at me real quick so I can change or explain!
    Thank you so much!
    christy

  6. Su says

    Ooh I am so glad you explained what Ro-Tel was. lol
    I’ll have to use your suggestion and mix the tomatoes and chilli because have no such product available here!

    I’ll have to try this, I love chilli. Just looking at the photos is making me feel hungry at work!

  7. Deanna says

    I just cooked up a pile of hamburger meat today. I will have to make up a skillet of this for my hungry men tomorrow night.

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

  8. Donna in VA says

    Oh my goodness! That sounds so yummy and SO easy! I love easy and tasty when they come together!!!
    I do Football Cooking too every weekend in the Fall and I’d planned on making Mommy’s Kitchen’s Salisbury Steaks this coming weekend, but now I’m torn. My boys would love this too. What a dilemma!

  9. Southern Plate says

    Hey Su! Ha! I knew someone wouldn’t know what it was! thank you! LOL!
    I wanted to make sure I clarified, its chopped green chilies, not chili powder that you mix with the tomatoes if you are making your own ro-tel.
    Hope you get to try this! It’s an easy one!

    Tina (Mommy’s Kitchen)- I’m like you, I’m just DYING for fall so I can start on my fall dishes!! I am so tired of summer that I am heading into fall cooking, I suppose out of wishful thinking!

  10. Southern Plate says

    Stephanie: I know! I want man food so bad right now, I’m HUNGRY! LOL!

    I think part of the man appeal to this, too, is that you can eat it with chips. My son thinks that is just really cool.

    Deanna: Let me know how they like it! Its easy to spice up a bit if you want some heat to it! Now I’m counting on y’all not to let the bit about me and football get out! If I look outside and see picketers and a moving van, I’ll know where to look!

    Scrap: hehe, thank you!

    Donna: Hey, Saturday and Sunday, make ‘em both! LOL! Honestly, those Salisbury steaks are going to become a regular part of your cooking, I promise! they rock!
    This is my quick and easy “I’m hungry and don’t want takeout and don’t feel like cooking” dish!

    Joan: Thank you so much!!! Welcome to Southern Plate! I’m so glad to have you here! I really appreciate you passing this site on to others!!!

    If you ever have any questions, just give me a holler!!!
    Christy :)

  11. Southern Plate says

    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.

  12. Pinky says

    GIRL I have been having thew worst week! LOL And you sure perked me up today! Thanks bunches NOt necessary but you made my week!
    I love that skillet chili recipe!
    I see some familiar faces that are now addicted to your blog like I am! YEA! ((hugs)) hopefully next week will be more normal. ~Pinky~

  13. •°o.O.Maryanne.O.o°• says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS… We make this all the time at our house. It is a good comfort food too! EASY, SIMPLE and QUICK. We eat it with Sour cream and chips ( i like it w/corn bread)

  14. Southern Plate says

    Pinky! I’ve been wondering about you! Hope things start looking up soon! :)

    Mary Anne: I love it with sour cream, too!

    Leslie: Thank you!! I’ve been on the fence about it so I really appreciate your input! I love it personally, but worry that it might be too feminine and may deter my male readers from visiting as often. I’m so good at fretting over these little things…. ~sigh~

    hehe

  15. Southern Plate says

    Hey Cee! It does freeze very well. I like to take the leftovers and put them in individual containers so I can have a quick lunch!

    Matthews YAY!!! And THANK YOU SO MUCH For letting me know!!! With two little ones myself, I know what an amazing feat that is!!!! I’m so thrilled! Thank you for reading Southern Plate!
    Christy :)

  16. Linda says

    I tried this yesterday…. WOW…. it was a hit with Hubby. Best of all it was Fast and easy…. I actually spooned some in a heated corn tortilla toped it off with sour cream and home made quacamole and served it with a nice big green salad and Called it a Day!!
    Thanks Christy….
    It was Wonderful….
    Linda in Louisiana :)

  17. Deborah Hatton says

    You can also mix a small bowl of cornbread mix and pour on top and bake in the oven. That’s the only way my husband will eat it now!
    Forget those commercial chips- This is ALABAMA!
    Debbie in Russellville, AL.

  18. Lawanna says

    Was just sitting here wondering what to “fix” for supper. Hard day at work…and a Monday to top it all off…didn’t feel like having to put too much effort into cooking. I think this will be just what the Dr ordered!

  19. Rashaundra says

    I made this recipe and my family devoured it!!! My husband HATES beans of any kind except green beans..(he grew up on a farm-self explanatory). I will make this again! I used French Onion dip instead of just plain sour cream…IT WAS AMAZING!!! This will be great for Chili Dogs and Beer Bratwurst.

  20. Telisa says

    I was just sitting here wondering what we were going to have for dinner tonight and this post came up on facebook. It is cooking right now and I can not wait to try it out. We love chili and this is a very simple and easy recipe. Thanks a bunch. Your site has taught me how to cook for my family and really saves us a ton by not eating out.

  21. Betty S says

    Timeless recipe, as we can see. Been doing variations of this for a lifetime! Yummy! ! thanks went to the pantry to fix frito pie a few minutes ago and decided I would check out Fb first. Great minds…

  22. Martha Olds Brooks says

    If you use anything besides Mexene Chili
    Powder add 1 teaspoon Cumin or add according
    to your taste. Add Garlic powder also. I don’t
    know exactly how much, but garlic is one of the
    ingredients in Mexene chili powder. I always
    add garlic to my chili so I don’t measure it.

  23. Winnie Mom says

    This recipe I’ve been making for years with many variations. Using Chili Beans instead of kidney beans (more flavor) but that is a personal choice. This also makes a delicious chili dip by leaving out some of the water. Put 8 oz. cream cheese in bottom of pan, any size will do, 9×13, etc. Put the chili on top then your cheese (even pepper jack or mexican blend) and bake until all is hot and cheese is melted. Use as a dip with corn chips, corn bread etc. My husband’s favorite way to eat this chili is to leave out the rice and put on top of sour cream mashed potatoes. Uses are endless.. Love your site and keep those good recipes coming.

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