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Salsa Chili

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

5 servings

You'll need just five ingredients to stir up this quick-and-easy chili from Jane Bone of Cape Coral, Florida. "We like to use medium salsa for zippy flavor, but sometimes I use half mild and half medium," she notes. "Sprinkle hearty servings with shredded cheddar cheese and other tasty toppings," Jane suggests.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) tomato juice
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green peppers, sour cream and thinly sliced green onions, optional

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the salsa, beans and tomato juice; heat through. Serve with the cheese, peppers, sour cream and onions if desired.
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Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 264 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 718mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 21g protein.

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