Halftime Chili

I found this recipe from http://www.famouschilirecipes.com/Halftime.html

This is the perfect chili dish to serve at your next halftime get together.  Serve with grated cheese and tortilla chips for dipping.  For a more healthy chili, get a leaner ground beef and use lowfat cheeses for toppings.


  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 8 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning or 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 2 15 to 16oz cans of kidney beans (drained)


Heat oil in heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic. Saute about 8 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add chuck and cook until brown, breaking up meat with a spatula as it cooks. Add taco seasoning, basil, oregano, and thyme. Stir 2 minutes. Mix in tomato sauce, chicken broth and tomato paste. Simmer until thickened to desired consistency, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, about 1 and a half hours. Mix in beans. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until cold then reheat over low when ready to serve.


4 thoughts on “Halftime Chili”

    • Hi Danna!

      So yours is the recipe! I found this recipe a few years ago and have been using it off and on since. Every time I make it, I make a few modifications, but I never write them down (with the exception of this last time).

      The stewed tomatoes were a nice addition this time. I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a can of Rotel tomatoes & peppers to it to spice it up a bit. If I do that, I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

      I will add a link back to your page. Since it had been so long since I found this, I couldn’t recall where I found it.

  1. Made this last night for my work’s annual chili cook-off today. I used the base recipe above, and added 1 can of Ro-Tel Chili Fixins, and 1 can of Ro-Tel Tomato Sauce (I’ll have to go back to Wal-Mart to see exactly what it was).

    I entered it in for the “medium” category. I won 1st place in the medium category, and overall winner.


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