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Pronto Chili


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Yesterday, it was quite cooler in the Salt Lake Valley here in Utah. We even had our first snow last night. I know, that’s one thing that drives me crazy about living here. The snow come too early. However, the weather people all promise this coming weekend, we will be back to nice fall weather. Anyway, the cold temperature put me in the mood for chili.

This pronto chili recipe is the one I go to when I need chili fast. I love my mom’s chili recipe, but it requires more time. I also usually have everything I need for this in my pantry. Basically you brown the beef and onions, dump a bunch of canned goods in it, and let it simmer for 30 minutes. It’s quick and simple. I got this recipe a while back from a local television show called Good Things Utah. My favorite way to serve this is in bread bowls. If you serve it in bread bowls, you can get more servings out of this recipe. This chili warmed us all up last night.

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Pronto Chili


Units Scale
  • 1 can (30 oz) chili with meat and beans
  • 1 can (15 1/2 oz) kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 1/2 oz) pork and beans
  • 2 cans (8 oz each) tomato sauce
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp packaged chili seasoning (if like spicy add 2 T)
  • Grated cheese for garnish


  1. Brown meat and onion. Drain fat, if necessary. Add canned ingredients and chili seasoning. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot, garnish with grated cheese. Yield 6-8 servings.
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This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in January 2014.

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Ruby October 23, 2008 - 12:00 am

I’m looking forward to trying a version of this myself. Do you make your own bread bowls or buy them premade? If you make them can you share your recipe. Thanks.

Live.Love.Eat October 13, 2008 - 1:00 pm

Snow? I am still waiting for the cool weather Fall brings, here in FL. These look great especially in the bread bowl.

Marisa October 13, 2008 - 12:16 am

That looks and sounds great! I can’t believe it’s already snowing in utah!?! We moved from there a couple of years ago to the East and are still relishing in the 80 degree autumn weather. I agree that winter/snow comes too fast in Utah.

I’m excited that I found your blog. It looks like you have some awesome recipes and I can’t wait to try some!

Emily October 12, 2008 - 2:17 pm

It’s Chili weather already! (Augh the snow is making me nervous for the long winter yet to come!) I love serving chili in bread bowls too!

Stephanie October 12, 2008 - 12:04 pm

You’ve got me craving chili! Here in Idaho we’re having cold weather as well, though no snow yet thankfully. Chili sounds so wonderful, so warm!