I just do not consider chili without beans to be real chili. I know that's probably just me, else it wouldn't be sold in stores. I've accidentally bought it a few times because I didn't see the word "no" on the can when looking for chili with beans. (late edit: there are no cans labeled chili with no beans, only 'chili with beans'). I didn't know what to do with it when I opened the cabinet to make chili (okay, heat some chili), so one time I mixed it with a can of chili with beans for my son and I. The flavor was okay, but it just didn't blend well; too soup like for my taste. Since it (buying the wrong type of chili) has happened since that first time, I've had to find another use for it. A couple of things I do is add a can (with or without beans) to spaghetti, which makes it taste very yummy. Another thing I've done, like tonight, is add it to the browned ground beef (after it's drained), then added the macaroni and cheese sauce from the box of Hamburger Helper. Chili with beans has also been used this way, but if I have a can without beans, it's works great too. So now when I open the cabinet, see a can of chili without beans, after I think, "Shit! I did it again!" Calm is quickly re maintained because I know I've got a use for it, so it's really not a big deal anymore.
After making tonight's box of macaroni and cheese "Hamburger Helper", I decided that it would be extremely easy to make it myself and not buy the boxes of the stuff. Yeah, I know I could've been doing that all along, but I didn't want to buy the ingredients separately to combine them into an actual meal. It's just easier when the stuff is already in a box and just needs cooked and mixed. Can't say anything except that I plead being a guy who does NOT like to cook. I'm learning however that sometimes it's necessary, so I do it from time to time. Do you know how much macaroni they give you in a box of the Hamburger Helper? Or am I going to have to measure it the next time I make some? It's just that there's exactly enough for two people, which is how many I'm cooking for most of the time. Thanks.