Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Spaghetti & Pinto Bean Chili

Is it spaghetti? Is it soup? Is it chili?  These were the questions that I got as I was making this.  The skepticism filled the room.  Do I use a fork?  Do I use a spoon? 

Yes, to all the above! Just eat it! 

Well, despite the skeptics, they all loved it.  I made a big batch and brought some to my dad too and he enjoyed it as well. 

Despite Kristen from Holy Cannoli calling it Three-Alarm Spaghetti, it really wasn't spicy. It was flavored nicely and had just the right amount of heat.  Certainly you could up the heat by using a hotter taco sauce, we used mild and it was perfect.

Spaghetti & Pinto Bean Chili
Adapted from Holy Cannoli Recipes

2 large onions, chopped
2 red peppers, chopped
4 cups water
1 cup taco sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 (7 oz) can diced green chilies
2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed
8 oz. spaghetti, broken into thirds (I used gluten free)
Sour cream (optional)

In a large pan, cook onion and peppers in cooking spray for about 3 - 5 minutes.  Stir in remaining ingredients except for spaghetti, beans and sour cream.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Stir in uncooked spaghetti & beans. Heat to boiling.  Cook uncovered 8 - 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender. Top individual servings with sour cream if desired.

Total calories = 2216 calories
13 heaping cups = 170 calories per big cup

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Calories calculated from Some numbers are approximate and rounded.


  1. I'll be adding this to the TRY list! Looks delicious!

  2. Sounds really tasty. Looks delicious as well. Need to give this a try sometime for dinner. Yummy!

  3. How crazy interesting...I'd definitely eat a big bowl full :D

  4. It looks like grown up canned spaghetti - love this idea Debbi! :D

  5. I've been seeing spaghetti with chili a lot lately. Is it a trend? I'll have to try it!

  6. I don't think I've ever seen pasta and chili combined before! But they're two of my favorite why not?

  7. This sounds really good!
    Thanks so much for linking up to "Made it on Monday" :)

  8. Oh wow, Debbi, this made me remember how sometimes my Mom would put pasta shells in chilli. I used to love it. Isn't it funny how you forget these things?? This recipe sounds fantastic - like a super delicious noodle soup with a kick! Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch.