Cowboy Chili as Inspired by Rachel Ray
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A very yummy way to use up leftover protein and veggies that need to be used!
Recipe type: Main Course
Serves: 6
Basic Ingredients: (change the amounts if you have more leftover protein - this item freezes well!)
  • 1.5 cups of leftover meat (steak, pot roast, pork, chicken, turkey, etc.)
  • ½ medium onion
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans
  • 1 Can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can of Black Beans
  • 1 Can of Corn
  • 1 Can of Tomatoes
  • 4 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. of turmeric
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves or ½ TBSP. minced garlic
  • Dashes of Black Pepper and Salt to taste
Optional Ingredients and enhancers:
  • Most any leftover cooked veggies - our favorites are celery, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, green/red peppers, hot peppers
  • Most any fresh veggies needing to be used up (if you use fresh tomatoes, omit the canned tomatoes)
  • Additional proteins - combining meats is also very yummy. Bacon is a good add-in too.
  1. Throw your leftover meat into the bottom of your empty stock pot and sear it to where it is blackened. Often, you do not need to add any oils or butter, but the fats on the meat already would naturally take care of this. If you have a very lean meat, you can consider using a dash of olive oil.
  2. Add in the onion in diced pieces and sear with the meat until it too is soft and blackened.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another few minutes.
  4. Then add all of the other ingredients (fresh, canned and spices) mix well and bring to a boil. Please note, do not drain the liquids from the canned items.
  5. If it is too thick, you can add beer or water to reach desired thickness.
  6. Boil for a few minutes and then drop the temperature to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve warm topped with fresh onions/garlic or even a dollop of sour cream and pinch of shredded cheese!
The original recipe with pictures can be found at
Recipe by The Thrifty Couple at