This recipe is my dad’s, but I learned it by watching my mom make it. My morning show partner, Bill, actually wrote it out for me several years ago, and we’ve been sharing it ever since! This recipe is a bit of a “sweeter” chili because of the pork n beans. 


  • 2 lbs ground round
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • McCormick ORIGINAL chili packet
  • 1 large can (31 oz) Van Camps Pork & Beans
  • 2 cans (16 oz) Bush’s Pinto Beans
  • 1 can (16 oz) Bush’s Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 can (16 oz) Bush’s Light Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 large can (28 oz) Hunt’s Whole (Peeled) Tomatoes
  • 1 bottle (2.5 oz) McCormick Chili Powder


Brown the ground round. Drain and rinse with hot water. Set aside.

Chop onion into frying pan. Add the McCormick chili packet, then fill empty packet with water and add.

Brown onions in the seasoning mix.

Add cooked ground round and heat.

Drain all cans of beans; remove pork fat from Pork & Beans.

In a large crock pot, stir: Van Camps Pork & Beans, Bush’s Pinto Beans, Bush’s Dark Red Kidney Beans and Bush’s Light Red Kidney Beans. Hand-crush Hunt’s Whole Tomatoes into medium-sized chunks, add to crock pot.

Add browned meat and onions and 1⁄2 bottle (or to taste) McCormick Chili Powder.

Cook all day and serve with sour cream and melted cheese.



Your dad loved making this chili and oh my, it was so good. Thanks for sharing. I will be making this on our next cold weekend.


It’s my favorite!! I love you, Auntie B!


Making this tonight!!!


Kelly! I hope you love it!! And THANK YOU for all you do. You are the unsung hero in so many areas of what we all do {professionally & personally} but I SEE YOU! And I appreciate you so much. I am a proud member of the #kellyfanclub 🙂


I just screen shotted (if that’s a word) the entire recipe! I want to make this just to see if it’s better than my own rather simple chili recipe. I’m thinking it would kill mine in a side-by-side taste test, but who knows! 😇


Girl – do you so remember giving that recipe to the cab driver in NYC during the flyaway years ago? Hilarious! Well, we DID make it back to the right hotel even though it was out of his ‘district’. I haven’t made it yet but will have a chance when it, if it, cools down here too. Love you! #memories


Wow, great recipe, thank you for sharing. God bless you.


Hey Carmen about how many people does this recipe feed?


Thank you so much for posting this.. I made this recipe two or three years ago and is the best chili I have ever had. I cannot wait to make it again.

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