School Lunch Chili & Toasted Cheese

Do you remember the classic chili tray at school? Back to school pictures and the upcoming fall season had me craving it, and I got the exact recipe from a lady that works in the school district I grew up in in Kentucky. Core memory completed with carrots and celery sticks, a no-bake cookie and milk. It’ll taste just as delicious as you remember!

Ingredients

  • CHILI:
  • 2lb ground beef
  • 1 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 27oz chili beans kidney beans
  • 26.5oz tomato purée
  • 1/2 cup Mexene Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Water, amount as desired
  • 2.5 tbsp sugar
  • 6.5oz spaghetti, broken into 3 pieces
  • TOASTED CHEESE:
  • Sandwich bread
  • Butter, softened
  • American cheese slices
  • Recipe

    In a stockpot on medium-high heat, break apart and cook ground beef and onions until no longer pink. Drain off excess grease. To the pot, add the chili beans, tomato purée, chili powder, salt and water (start with 2 cups and add more later as desired). Bring to a boil, then add sugar and spaghetti. Cook until the spaghetti is al dente. Taste and add more salt and water if desired. Note: I added 1 more cup of water to equal 3 total.

    Place 2 sheet pans in an oven preheating to 425°F. Spread a thin layer of butter to the edges of one side of each slice of bread. Once the pans are heated, place half of the bread slices buttered side down on one of the baking sheets. Top with cheese slices, then with another slice of bread, buttered side up. Place the other sheet pan directly on top of the sandwiches. Bake 8-10 minutes then broil with the top pan off until the bread is toasted.

    To create that chili lunch school memory, complete the lunch tray with a bowl of chili, crackers, grilled cheese, carrots and celery sticks, a no-bake cookie and milk.

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    Do you remember the classic chili tray at school? Back to school pictures and the upcoming fall season had me craving it, and I got the exact recipe from a lady that works in the school district I grew up in in Kentucky. Core memory completed with carrots and celery sticks, a no-bake cookie and milk. It’ll taste just as delicious as you remember!