Cheap but tasty canned chili find

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  1. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Of course I prefer homemade; my wife's recipe almost exactly duplicates my mom's so that's the best to me, but we rarely have time to make and freeze a batch. In second place would be Steak n Shake's chili deluxe but they don't have too many SnS out this way. Stores used to carry canned SnS chili in but I haven't seen it for some time.

    Compared to that, they've all been disappointing and I've tried them all, pretty much...Wolf, Hormel, Chunky, Castleberry, et al. I don't buy any of them twice.

    The other day I found Van Camp's chili with beans and figured what the heck. Cooked two cans for supper tonight and was thoroughly surprised and impressed. It's very close to Steak n Shake' fact I wouldn't be surprised if it's from the same cannery. The trick is to add almost a half can of water to two cans of chili to thin it out a little bit. I'm buying a case next time I see it.

    Just a friendly heads up if you eat canned and haven't tried it before, it's not bad
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  2. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Van Camp's chili is pretty good. It is hard to find a chili that I dislike. Although it is fresh and not from a can, I always get a small chili every time I go to Wendy's.
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  3. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Yup, those chunks of torn up hamburgers makes it.

    Before I embarked on my current career, I worked in a brand name tomato warehouse (if I named it, you'd likely have seen it). I was amazed to see just how many different name brand and store brand labels were put on the cans of basically the same tomato products, maybe with a slight tweak here or there but basically the same.

    That's why I wouldn't be suprised that Van Camp makes SnS, they taste that similar to me (not exact, but close).
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  4. dustmite

    dustmite Well-Known Member

    I'll have to check out the Van Camp's. I have to admit, Hormel chili is a guilty pleasure... It's not really that good, but when I'm hungry for it, nothing else will do!
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  5. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Hormel is everywhere so I've really tried to like it. Look fwd to your thoughts on VanC, good or bad.
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  7. '65 G-Slim

    '65 G-Slim Well-Known Member

    I'll mix up some Hormel chili (no beans, of course) with some chopped up Hormel tamales (yes, I know...blasphemy) and some Knorr Spanish rice and scoop up a mouthful in a tortilla. I get lazy at times and don't feel like cookin'.
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  8. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Speaking of tamales, you remember Derby's in the glass jar?
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  9. smittywerbenmanjensen

    smittywerbenmanjensen Active Member

    If you belong to Costco, they carry Stagg Chili. It is very very good for a canned product
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  10. Mbg75

    Mbg75 Well-Known Member

    Made some Homemade Chili tonight.

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  11. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Never been there, not sure they have them out here.
  12. Hairy Alaskan

    Hairy Alaskan eww da toilet

    Nothing beats homemade, but a few canned ones I can tolerate are the Stagg Turkey Ranchero and Cattle Drive Chicken Breast Chili. I normally can eat those without doctoring. I often eat Nalley Turkey Chili too but need to add chipotle and a little cumin. I primarily eat turkey chili for "health" reasons though it probably doesn't really matter.

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  13. DDuckyMark

    DDuckyMark Ducky Duck and the Hiding Bunch

    Van Camps is pretty good. I find it on sale all the time here. Most of the locals like Wolf or Castleberry.
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  14. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    So we've all heard of chili on a hotdog - the tasty chili do.
    I was in Spain and the chow hall served up a chili cheese omelet - a ladle of chili over a cheese omelet. Absolutely fantastic.

    Any other things you slather chili over?
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  15. dustmite

    dustmite Well-Known Member

    Home fries or hash browns, and my mom always ate hers over mashed potatoes.
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  16. DDuckyMark

    DDuckyMark Ducky Duck and the Hiding Bunch

    I can eat chili on just about everything. After my time in the Army I think I might have.
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  17. mikewood

    mikewood Well-Known Member

    We usually fry several pounds of burger and add it to a crock pot. Add a couple chili kits and other spices and cook it for 8 hours. Then spoon into ziplock screwed top tubs. When we go thru the dozen odd tubs it's time for another batch. Usually there is chili, beef stew and a few other soups on hand.

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  18. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    My wife makes Dragon's Breath Chili - 2 jalapenos, 2 or 3 habaneros, a couple other hot peppers, hot sausage.
    Some good!!
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  19. Matt0210

    Matt0210 Well-Known Member

    That chili looks like the bomb. I always make homemade chili but chili is outstanding when you cook some ground up sausage into it. try it. youll never eat it any other way
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  20. Mbg75

    Mbg75 Well-Known Member

    Mine has beef, pork, and veal. No beans.
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