Steel’s been raving about Mama Steel’s homemade chili for quite some time now, saying how amazingly delicious it is, and that I need to try it.  He even sent me pictures (with little corn muffins too), and it sure did make my mouth water!  I asked him to make some for me since that lucky pig got the recipe from her, but he’s yet to deliver.  Some kind of friend he is, right?!

Ever since he teased me with those photos, I’ve had a craving for chili, so I decided to make my cheat recipe yesterday for a family potluck.  This quick recipe is great for parties and for those who are crunched for time.  I’m sure it’s nothing compared to Mama Steel’s chili, but it’ll have to do for now until that lazy friend of mine makes it.

When I say “cheat chili,” what I mean is that I cheat by using canned chili and adding fresh ingredients (onions and tomatoes) to make it taste homemade. It really makes a difference, and it really does taste like you made it from scratch!  This recipe was made for a potluck with about 25 people, so cut it half if you’re making it for just a few people.   I would still use the entire onion though.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 large 6 lb can of Chili Con Carne w/ Beans
1 onion (chopped)
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 to 2 packages of Lit’l Smokies (optional)
1 package of King’s Hawaiian Rolls (optional)

Cheat Chili Recipe

The nice part about this cheat recipe is that it’s so easy!  Just place everything into a crock pot (except from the Hawaiian rolls), mix it all up, and set it on high for an hour.  Then, switch it to low or keep warm for the party.  So easy!

Cheat Chili With Lit'l Smokies

Cheat Crock Pot Chili

Crock Pot Chili Recipe

The Lit’l Smokies and the rolls are both optional.  You can do without the smokies if you’re going for traditional chili.   I like serving it over Hawaiian rolls because the sweetness adds a nice contrast in flavor to the saltiness of the chili.

Cheat Chili With Lit'l Smokies & Hawaiian Rolls

Yum!  But I still need to try Mama Steel’s real chili!  Steel?  Hello?

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