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10 Things to Do with Leftover Chili

Here are 10 easy weeknight meals to use up your extra chili.

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Chili x 10

A large pot of chili takes only a little bit more work than a small one, so you may as well go big and use the leftovers in these creative dishes. 

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Shepherd’s Pie

Warm the chili in a baking dish — stir in frozen peas for an extra hit of veggies if you’d like — and top with mashed potatoes. Bake till brown and bubbly, and dig in.

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Empanadas

Fold prepared dough circles (empanada wrappers or pie dough work great) around leftover chili, crimp to seal and bake till golden. Serve with sour cream for dipping.

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Chili Mac

The only thing better than mac and cheese is chili mac and cheese. Stir leftover chili into your favorite mac-and-cheese recipe and serve as is, or use to top hot dogs for a tailgate-style feast.

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