Next time you cook hamburgers on the grill, consider cooking extra. This way you can make chili with the leftovers for one of your next meals.
Back when I was a single mom, one of my moonlighting jobs was as a cook in a corner tavern. My friend was the owner and she had a chili recipe that was out of this world. While I wouldn’t dare share her recipe, one thing that made it special was that she used her own tavern char-cooked hamburgers in chili.
Believe me the char grilled flavor adds a nice smokey touch to any chili recipe.
Today I’m sharing a Tex-Mex recipe I’ve been making for years. It’s pretty much a one pot meal. Which is my kind of cooking. Less time in the kitchen just works for me.
Especially when I don’t have to brown the meat, because I’m using leftover grilled hamburgers from the previous night.
Leftover grilled hamburger chili Tex-Mex Style
- 1 lb raw hamburger patties (Qty 4 – quarter pound patties)
- 1/2 Cup chopped onion
- 1 16 oz can pinto beans
- 1 16 oz can refried beans
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 Cup water
- 1 Tbs vegetable oil
- 1/8 Tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/8 Tsp black pepper
- 1/2 Tsp salt
- 1/2 Tsp garlic salt
- 3 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- Cook hamburgers on the grill. Chopped into small cubes.
- Brown onions in skillet with vegetable oil.
- Add the onions and the chopped hamburger into a large pot.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients into the pot.
- Cook on medium/high heat on the until everything starts to bubble.
- Turn heat down and simmer for at least 1 hour.
Try these variations:
- Make this same recipe in the crock pot. You can
- Add 1 chopped green pepper and/or a can of diced tomatoes for a chunkier recipe.
- Add 1 or 2 chopped jalapenos peppers for a spicier flavor.
Short on time?
Save time and cut corners by using your “leftover hamburgers on the grill” with a chili kit. Just add green pepper and onion and follow the directions on the package.
Like I mentioned, you can substitute leftover burgers on the grill into any one of your favorite chili recipes.
I think of burgers on the grill as kind of a warm weather meal. And chili as more of a cold weather meal. That’s why I like to make this chili in the fall because it’s a little of both.
For another easy fall recipe, try my One Pot Oven Chicken Cacciatore
Here is another leftover recipe you might like: Leftover grilled steak soup
Have a great weekend ~ Amy