Brenda Stanley
Belles One Pot Chili is full of flavor with a smoky twist.

Chili isn’t just for the cold winter months. I make chili as a main dish, but also use it in other recipes, too.

I love making a big batch and then use the leftovers for taco salad, as a dip with corn chips or even over spaghetti noodles.

This One Pot Chili is easy and quick but has the robust and smoky flavor of chipotle chili pepper that really sets it apart. This recipe literally takes opening a few cans and adding some spices. It can be stored in the fridge and used in multiple dishes with very different outcomes.

If you want a little more spice, you can adjust the amount of chili powder or even add some red pepper flakes for added heat. This is one of my favorite “go to” recipes, but is always one my family enjoys.

Belle’s One Pot Chili

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained

1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (11 ounce) can chili ready diced tomatoes

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

¼ cup chopped green onions

½ teaspoon garlic salt

½ teaspoon chipotle chili pepper powder

¼ teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large heavy pot. Simmer for about 15 minutes.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins, and a grandmother of three. She is a cookbook author, including the recently released "That's a Lot of Crock!" and novelist. Her website is at