Thick Oven Baked Chili

For Christmas my sweet friend gave me a new cookbook, The Big Book of Casseroles. It was the perfect gift because I’ve been needing comfort food lately and this cookbook is loaded with warm, delicious comfort food recipes including this terrific chili.

I served the chili with Fritos scoops, which made eating it more fun. I made a couple of changes to suit my family’s tastes. I used black beans instead of kidney beans, ground chicken sausage instead of kielbasa, added a can of green chilies, and I left out the bell peppers. The chili was quick and easy to throw together and we loved the flavor, next time though, I would double the chili powder to kick it up a notch.

Thick Oven Baked Chili

Thick Oven Baked Chili


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounce) green chilies
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 325º. IN a Dutch oven over medium heat, warm oil. Sauté beef, sausage, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.

Cover and bake about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer. Remove bay leave and discard. Serve topped with sour cream, sliced green onions or grated cheddar cheese.


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  1. says

    Wow, looks really great and so perfect for the Super Bowl buffet! Thanks for linking up to Tailgating Time. I hope you will join us tomorrow for the big Super Bowl party. I will be posting a link to the code for the party within the Tailgating post at 11am – I hope you will join us as a host for the big event! :-)

  2. says

    This does sound like the best deal for this cold weather Barbara… baked chili is a great option! My daughter would love it coz it’s thick! Mmmm

  3. says

    I’ve ran across that cassserole book before and really enjoyed looking through it. I’m sure you’ll find all sorts of tasty recipes in there. Love the idea of making chili in the oven. This one looks great!

  4. says

    This is such comforting food to warm my belly for sure. Looks really inviting. Thanks for sharing & hope you’re enjoying your day.
    Blessings, Kristy