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 homemade chili recipe and spice it up a bit with RO*TEL. Then I took the chili and served it in our favorite bread bowls. It was the perfect meal for a cool nigh – Chili Bread Bowls.

If you’re not the biggest fan of spicy foods, you can use Mild RO*TEL, as it has a little less kick than the original.


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This is the perfect quick and simple recipe for weekdays, when it’s raining, or when you’re just wanting to have a “lazy day.” Your house will smell like you’ve been cooking all day!

Chili Bread Bowls - This Little Home of Mine

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…

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…but nowadays, we use our Instant Pot! Both are great ways to make a delicious yet simple chili that is full of flavor.

How to Make Homemade Chili

Step 1: Begin by browning your ground beef.

Step 2: Next, add your canned ingredients. Some prefer to their kidney beans to be drained before adding. 

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 a closer peek at how we make Classic Beef Chili in the Instant Pot? You can browse that recipe here.

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Want to take things to the next level?

Serve your chili in a bread bowl!

Chili Bread Bowl Recipe Instructions

Step 1: Scoop out the top center of your bread. You can use any size bread you choose to create bowls. Small party size bowls are fun. Large bread bowls that serve two are also fun. What do you think would work best for the meal you’re planning?

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!

Be sure to let the frozen chili thaw overnight before use. Depending on the size of your frozen leftovers, it could take longer than overnight.

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. 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. says:

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

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