Making Chili with Leftovers and Repurposing Leftover Chili

 Chili Pie is a delicious way to repurpose leftover chili!

Making Chili with Leftovers:

I have found that I can get my kids to eat just about anything if I season it with cumin, so that makes chili the perfect dinner to use up the leftover bits in the fridge. I have been know to add leftover spaghetti sauce, leftover taco meat, extra veggies, and leftover rice to chili.  I think the Italian and Mexican flavors of leftovers add more depth to a traditional chili. I also add whatever beans that need to be used up from baked beans, to garbanzo beans and everything in between.  Here are a few of my chili recipes:

Miracle Leftover Chili

White Chili

Black Bean and Cauliflower Chili

Lentil and Cauliflower Chili

Repurpose Leftover Chili with these Recipes:

I often make a large pot of chili and my family doesn’t want to eat chili for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until it is gone, so I use the chili as the base for a new recipe. Chili also freezes well. I like to freeze to freeze chili and then use it in one of the below recipes.

Chili Pasta Bake

Chili Stuffed Potatoes

Chili Pie

Some More Ideas for Using Up Chili:

Make Chili Dogs

Use chili as a dip with chips.

Use it as a condiment over scrambled eggs.

Do you add any unusual ingredients to your chili? How do you repurpose leftover chili?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Alea,

    I like the the chili recipe as well as your left over pie. I too make something like these but not exact recipe, sure I will try this.

  2. I like spreading leftover chili over pizza dough, topping it with thinly sliced hot dogs (it’s supposed to be like pepperoni) and then covering it with shredded cheese. I bake it til the cheese is melty and good. My kids love it.

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