Forget about those boring old hot dog toppings and get ready to spice things up.
These Chili Cheese Dilly Dogs take your average hot dogs to a whole new level of deliciousness, with homemade hot dog meat sauce, loads of gooey cheddar cheese, and a zesty kick from snappy dill pickles.
Who says that your leftover chili needs to be used for dinner?
Chili & Cornbread Breakfast Casserole is the ultimate way to transform those remnants of last night's dinner into a hearty breakfast that'll impress even your fanciest guests.
Making this scrumptious Cornbread Breakfast Casserole is a breeze. Just grab that leftover cornbread and chili and add just a handful of everyday pantry and fridge essentials. Easy-peasy and oh-so-yummy.
Chili Potato Skins are a fun and delicious way to use up leftover chili! Once you’ve made a batch of your favorite chili, bake up some potatoes and transform your extra chili into twice baked potatoes with chili.
They're super customizable and easy to prep in advance! Plus, you only need 5 ingredients for this meal!
Take your leftover chili up a notch by throwing it on a grill between layers of tortilla chips, cheese, and smoked white queso.
Don’t have a smoker? No worries. The recipe also works great as oven baked nachos.
Leftover Chili FAQs
Can you freeze leftover chili?
Yes, you can freeze leftover chili. In fact, chili is a great dish to freeze because it often tastes even better after it has been frozen and reheated.
To freeze leftover chili, let it cool down to room temperature and then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag.(These cool little gadgets lets you pour chili into a freezer bag without making a huge mess.)
Don’t forget to label it with the date and contents so that two months from now you’re not staring at a brown lump that you discovered in the back of the freezer, wondering what it it.
When you’re ready to eat the chili, thaw it in the refrigerator for several hours (overnight is ideal) until it’s fully thawed. Once it’s thawed, you can reheat it on the stove, in the microwave, or in the oven until it’s heated through to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
It’s important to note that while chili can be frozen for up to three months, the longer it’s frozen, the more its quality and texture may suffer. Ideally, you want to eat the frozen leftover within a month or two.
How long is leftover chili good for?
Leftover chili can last for up to four days in the refrigerator if stored properly in an airtight container.
If you need to store it for longer, you can freeze it for up to three months (see above).
Is it safe to eat leftover chili that has been left out overnight?
I’m not the only one who’s had this happen, right? You think your husband packed up the leftovers, he thinks you did it … Or maybe you just got so caught up in re-watching Arrested Development (as I’m currently doing) that you forgot all about the big pot of chili that’s still on the stovetop.
But sadly, it’s not safe to eat leftover chili that’s been left out at room temperature for more than two hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature and can cause foodborne illness.
So yeah, if you wake up and discover chili still on the stove or in your crockpot, scrape it into the trash and promise to do better next time.
Can I store leftover chili in the same pot I cooked it in?
That would make life easier, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not a good idea to store leftover chili in the same pot you cooked it in. The pot might not be airtight and can allow air and moisture to get in, which can cause the chili to spoil more quickly.
How can I prevent freezer burn on frozen chili?
Freezer burn is caused by moisture loss from food when it’s exposed to air in the freezer. To prevent freezer burn on frozen chili, you can take the following steps:
Use airtight containers that are specifically designed for freezer storage. (This one was on Shark Tank and lets you easily freeze your soup or chili into serving-size portions.)