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Chili Bread Bowls

Do you like your food to have a little bit of a kick? Typically, I’m somewhat of a baby about heat, but I decided to take my go-to chili recipe and spice it up a bit with RO*TEL, and then I took the chili and served it in our favorite bread bowls – it was the perfect meal for a cool night.

Chili Bread Bowls - This Little Home of Mine


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Chili Ingredients:


1 lb. of Browned Ground Beef

Canned Goods:

2 Cans of [Drained] Kidney Beans

1 Can of Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes

1 Can of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce

1 Can of RO*TEL

Fresh Ingredients:

1 medium-sized diced onion

Salt/Pepper/Chili Seasoning to Taste

2 Cups of Water

For years, we made this recipe in our slow cooker…

Crock Pot Liner Hack by This Little Home of Mine

…but now days, we use our Instant Pot!

Step-by-Step Directions

Step 1: Begin by browning your ground beef.

Step 2: Next, add your canned ingredients.

Step 3: Next, toss in your fresh ingredients.

Step 4: Add approximately 2 cups of water.

Step 5: In a slow cooker, let this mixture simmer for approximately 4-5 hours. In the Instant Pot, it’s ready in 20-30 minutes!

Want to take things to the next level?

Serve your chili in a bread bowl!

Step-by-Step Bread Bowl Instructions:

Step 1: Scoop out the top center of your bread bowl. (We like to use the Sourdough Boules from the Bake at Home bread section at Walmart, but warning – they’re huge…serving it using this kind usually serves two. ha!) 

Step 2: Ladle chili into the bread bowl.

Chili Bread Bowls - This Little Home of Mine

Step 3: Garnish with your favorite toppings! We also go for shredded cheese, green onions – and sometimes sour cream.

This family-friendly recipe is perfect for those cool weather months when comfort food is calling your name, and it is super simple to throw together.

Rotel Chili Bread Bowls by This Little Home of Mine

Quick Tip: If you have any chili left over, freeze it and use it later to serve atop baked potatoes another night! This is another winter meal that we absolutely love! The sour cream, grated cheese, and green onion toppings are perfect on Chili Baked Potatoes, too…yum!

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  1. Those chili bread bowls look amazing! That is definitely the husband’s favorite midwinter meal – a nice bowl of chili! And what a brilliant idea to use RO*TEL in guacamole! That would definitely give it the flavor kick my guacamole is always missing! – Client

    1. thislittlehomeofmineblog@gmail.com says:

      I never dreamed I would like it, but it was delicious! Looking forward to doing it again!

  2. Everything about this has me salivating. Chili, bread, and homemade guacamole… you’re speaking my love language! lol

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. thislittlehomeofmineblog@gmail.com says:

      Lol! It sounds like we could be good friends! 🙂

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