Chunky Chili

Total Time:
35 min
10 min
25 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 jar marinara meat sauce (recommended: Paul Newman's)
  • 1 package chili seasoning, minus 1 tablespoon reserved for rolls (recommended: Shilling's)
  • Shredded cheese, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Minced chives, for garnish

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and saute until softened. Crumble in the ground beef and cook until browned. Add beans and marinara sauce and combine thoroughly. Stir in chili seasoning, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Spoon into individual bowls and garnish with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and chives.

View All

Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
Loading review filters...

    48 Reviews
    4 48
    0/1000 characters
    Your Rating:
    Sort by: 
    made the chili it wes great my fimle love it make it akept bird
    I love this recipe because not only is it quick and easy but you can personalize it. I substitute with ground turkey, add peppers, and use a chunky tomato marinara so you can see the pieces of tomato. I made it for a party at work and I handed the servings out in disposable containers so people could microwave it and add their toppings. A total hit!! Sandra is the best.
    Love it, and so easy!!
    It turned out delicious! However, I substitued the ground beef for ground turkey which made it a bit sweeter and much healthier!
    I memorized this recipe it is so good! Quick and easy.... Delicious! Made recipe when it first was aired and has been a menu item in our house on busy nights in the winter! Thanks!
    I just graduated college and I have made this chili multiple times for myself, my boyfriend, and his roomates and we LOVED it! I, like some other reviewers said, like spicing it up by using the HOT chili spice mix. This recipes is also extremely easy to make HEALTHY by using ground chicken or turkey and a low-fat, low-calorie marinara sauce. I skip the cheese as a topping and use fat-free sour cream and fat-free saltines. This chili takes no time to make and tastes likes its been cooking all day long. Delicious and if you tweek a couple things can be guiltless.
    We were having some people over for New Years Day and I volunteered to make some chili. I couldn't find my old recipe so I jumped on my MacBook and headed to the Food Network to find a recipe. I looked at several and read some reviews and decided on the wonderful Sandra Lee's Chunky Chili recipe.

    I must say I was a little worried about the marinara sauce but I figured enough people in the reviews had said it worked so I proceeded to the store and bought my ingredients.

    Now I did make a few modifications. I did add a medium yellow and red pepper to the onion (I have never liked green peppers, but that is me). I also used pinto beans instead of kidney beans because, as I said, I am from Texas.

    This Chili probably took me about 20 minutes to make and most of this time was browning the beef. The chili was awesome! It tasted better than my old chili recipe that I made from scratch an cooked for a day. My guests couldn't stop talking about the chili. So easy and soooo good!

    Oh it didn't say anything about which Toddy to pair with this dish but I chose Shiner Holiday Cheer beer. A wonderful Texas beer with a hint of Peach. I wish they made this beer year round.

    I am usually a wimp when it comes to spicy chili, but even I thought this needed more spice. I had to add some spices, then I ended up with an OK chili.
    I used this recipe (I did add bell pepper) for a chili-cook off for my school and came in second place. Reviewers said it was an authentic chili dish - what comes to mind when you think of chili.
    Made this recipe and served to my family with a salad. Loved it! So easy to make even after coming home from work and having it ready in less than an hour.
    Everybody raved over it!!
    this is the best, because its sooo easy but has that "I cooked it all day taste" we make it all the time.
    I love this recipe! I've made it about 5 times now. It's so easy to make and the cooking time is fantastically short! My husband loves it too! One reviewer thought it was ridiculous to use marinara sauce in chili but I actually it's pretty smart since original chili recipes call for diced tomatoes, tomatoe paste, basil, oregano, bell peppers, garlic, etc. Marinara sauce already has all that in it! The only thing I would do different next time is to use roasted peppers and garlic pasta sauce instead of the just plain marinara.
    Easy, Chunky and for some reason a real hit with the family
    This was a delicious and excellent way to prepare chile! The chile seasoning mix is what gave it the taste of chile and the spaghetti sauce was an easy and great way to add the tomato factor along with the seasonings in that! My family all loved it!
    I thought the taste was great, very easy to make. I have made it afew times and it gets better each time.
    I made this for our Super Bowl party, and though I was a bit leery of the marinara sauce it called for, my husband and I both agree that it's the best chili we've ever made! We used Prego, and we couldn't discern it in the final product. We can't wait to make this one again! Plus, our Colts won!!
    Easy and great tasting.
    This was the worst chili I have ever eaten. I'm not good at substituting. Or adding stuff. So I'll just never make it again. That's easier.
    Where are the chunks? Not that it really matters since the chili was awful because of the marinara sauce, but still it would be nice if the name of a recipe made sense.
    the reviews on this board made me nervous about the marinara, so i substituted it with a a can of crushed tomatoes and some spices (cumin, garlic salt and cayanne) and it was just as easy and quite delicious, although maybe not for someone who is a diehard chili fan. it would be perfect for hot dogs or an omelette (which i tried the next morning).
    it's yummy like a "manwich" thing too, like another reviewer said.
    It's the best Chile I ever made. I only
    added some spice for zing. All my friends loved it, and wanted the recipe, so I told them "Food Network".
    Everything of hers is the best, and it's so easy. Thanks Sandra Lee, Jim
    in my opinion. I really liked it alot.
    very very
    Don't waste your time making this 'chili'. It's just as easy to make good pot of chili instead of this slop. Plus I don't see it as a compliment to say it better than canned chili. Yuck.
    This is not chili. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Don't waste your time.
    Did not taste anything like chili
    this is great great for a dip
    Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you! your flag was submitted.

    This recipe is featured in:

    The Best Main Dish Recipes