Lisa’s Spur of the Moment Chili

I make an awesome chili and over the years, have invented many new variations — mostly because I never know exactly what ingredients I have on hand until I start digging around in my cupboards and the fridge! In this recipe, I happened to have some cooked, leftover hamburger and some bacon that needed to be cooked. You could easily add chopped roast beef, shredded pork or chicken, sliced kielbasa or sausage — any leftover meat you happen to have on hand.

I was really happy with the way this turned out. I hope you enjoy it, too!


2 lbs. hamburger

1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled

½ onion, chopped

1 can white beans

1 can northern beans

1 can black beans

(or any other 3 cans of beans)

1 14 oz. can petite chopped tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (I use the spicier, Original version.)

½ t. garlic powder

1 T. chili powder

½ t. black pepper

½ t. cumin

1-2 t. salt

1 small can tomatillo salsa

2 bean cans filled with water


In a large pot, cook onion in a little olive oil until tender. Add ground beef and cook until browned, if it isn’t already cooked. Drain beans in a colander, rinse, and add to the meat mixture. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir and cook until thoroughly heated.