What To Do with Leftover Chili?

Leftover chili, oddly, is one of the most versatile dishes when used as leftovers. While in the first place it is a kind of bean soup or stew to be eaten with a spoon and maybe some cornbread, as leftovers, it can be used as a topping for other dishes, as a filling, or as a whole new dish with new ingredients mixed in.

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And all of our options are amazing. Let’s take a look.

Can I Use Leftover Chili?

Can I Use Leftover Chili

First, can you use leftover chili? Yes. Obviously. You can use leftover chili for many things. Or you can just reheat it.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about overheating the chili, drying it out, or turning it into mush, as the ingredients in chili all hold up well.

Your biggest concern may just be making sure it doesn’t burn.

In most cases, you want to heat the chili in a pot on the stove over medium heat until it bubbles, making sure to stir it along the way, so it doesn’t get stuck on the bottom of the pan.

Should I Reheat Leftover Chili?

Should I Reheat Leftover Chili

In terms of food safety and toxins found inside leftover foods that have not been stored properly, you’re in really good shape.

Food safety guidelines generally tell us just to ensure the leftovers are cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Of course, you should always do your own research. To get you started, you can check out the advice from the USDA.

Chili Dogs

Chili dogs are the best and probably most obvious option for leftover chili.

To make them, simply heat your hot dogs in the oven on the broil setting, typically for just a few minutes.

Place the dogs in buns then spread the chili (heated according to the instructions above) over the top of the dogs.

Then, top the chili dogs with your favorite toppings — cheese, onions, and tomatoes come right to mind.

Serve with chips or a salad and enjoy!

Chili Burgers

Chili burgers are another classic American dish for a proper binge on a Friday night.

If you’ve got leftover chili, heat it up according to the instructions above.

Make burgers as you normally would.

Place the hamburger buns open-faced on a plate. Place the burger on the bottom bun then spread the chili over the top of your burger and the other bun.

Top the chili with your favorite toppings, including tons of cheese, of course.

Serve with fries, and maybe more chili and cheese, and enjoy!

Chili Omelets

If you’ve never had a chili omelet, get ready for a delicious surprise. I sometimes make chili just so I can use the leftovers for omelets on the weekend.

Heat your chili according to the instructions above.

Heat an omelet pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place some olive oil in the bottom of the pan.

Whip two eggs in a bowl and add a bit of salt. Pour the eggs into the pan and rock the pan back and forth to cover the bottom with the egg so it makes a thin film. Wait a few minutes for the egg to cook fully on the bottom.

Then, slip a spatula under the bottom of the egg and gently flip the egg over in the pan. (Don’t worry if you fail at this. It takes a bit of practice.)

Now, add the chili to one half of the egg in the pan and top with a bit of shredded cheese.

Finally, slide the egg onto a large plate, starting with the chili half, then flipping the top half of the egg on top of the chili. Add more cheese and enjoy!

Chili Casserole

Chili casserole can be so much fun and so easy to make!

Get yourself a prepackaged corn bread mix, like the amazing one from Trader Joe’s and follow the instructions to make the mix.

Preheat your oven according to the package. Spread cold chili onto the bottom of a casserole dish, sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese over the chili then spread the cornbread mix out on top of the cold chili.

Bake according to the instructions and enjoy!

Chili Macaroni

Finally, the laziest, and easiest way to use your chili leftovers is to simply boil salad macaroni noodles according to the package instructions, add them to your chili as it heats, and enjoy.

It’s like a whole new dish, and it takes very little effort. Who doesn’t need a dish like that every once in a while?

Do you have any tips or tricks for reusing leftover chili? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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