Easy Football Playoffs Chili Recipe

The NFL playoffs are upon us, meaning playoff games on Saturdays and Sundays. A weekend’s worth of games, the recent cold snap and record snow falls are even more reason to have the fixins for chili in your kitchen. I’ve tried a few different chili recipes out there, but my tried-and-true recipe remains the same. In addition to being a tasty dish, it is quite simple to make.


  • 1 lb. ground chuck, browned
  • 1 medium red or white onion, diced
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes (depending on how much heat you want, you can choose between mild, original or hot. I enjoy the hot variety myself.)
  • 1 can Mrs. Grimes or Bush’s chili beans (again, you can choose the spiciness of the sauce)
  • 1 can whole kernel white or golden corn, drained (Del Monte’s whole kernel white is my current favorite)
  • 1 bottle spicy V-8

Directions: Brown the hamburger in a stock-pot or the pot you plan to cook the soup in and add the onion. Let the onion cook with the beef and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the Rotel tomatoes, chili beans and corn. Let the ingredients get warm and slowly add the spicy V-8 – add as much or as little as you like, depending on how chunky you’d like the chili. Let the chili simmer and serve hot.

We like to top our chili with a variety of things:

  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese (again, my favorite is Cracker Barrel’s Vermont white cheddar)
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sour cream (Daisy is my choice)
  • Saltine crackers, oyster crackers or crunched up tortilla chips

The beauty of making chili at home is the ability to top it with whatever you want and add in anything you want, such as diced potatoes, green peppers, diced carrots, etc. to the soup.

I could eat leftover chili for days, but Bryan isn’t as much of a fan of leftovers. What else can you do with chili leftovers? I like to freeze the leftovers so we can thaw the chili out for another cold night. Another option would be to use the chili as a baked potato topper.

What do you like to top your chili with? Any good leftover chili tips? Please share them in the comments section.

Enjoy your chili and (for Bryan) Go Vikings!

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