Costco Beef Chili {Perfectly Acceptable and Unremarkable}

I picked up a container of Costco Beef Chili last week and we have been working on it for a couple of days.  The chili is made from beef, pinto beans and kidney beans along with a seasoned tomato sauce and is topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

You get about four pounds of chili per container which is enough for eight servings.

Container of Beef Chili From Costco

Heating Instructions for the Chili

The heating instructions on the container tell you to empty the contents of the container into a soup pot and heat over medium heat, while stirring, until a temperature of 165F is reached.

We are eating the chili one bowl at a time instead of using the whole container all at once.

To heat a single bowl of chili we:

  • Pour the chili into a microwave safe bowl.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave and cover with a paper towel.
  • Microwave on High for 90 seconds.
  • Stir the chili and recover with the paper towel.
  • Microwave on High for 90 seconds.
  • Stir and Serve.

How Does the Chili Taste?

The chili is perfectly acceptable and absolutely unremarkable.

The chili contains a LOT of ground beef and I like the mix of pinto and kidney beans. The chili is very mild and not spicy at all.

Everyone who tried the chili at my house said something along the lines of, “This is okay but it would be better if it had XYZ”.  Some folks said it needed to be spicier, others said it needed more cumin/chili flavor, more cheese, etc.  The other suggestion was to use it as a base for Frito Pie and top it with sour cream.

Think of this chili as a blank canvas that you can doctor up to suit your tastes.

Ready to Eat Bowl of Chili

I liked this chili much better than Costco’s other ground beef dish of Shepard’s Pie but not as much as the Ravioli with Beef Bolognese Sauce.

How Much Does Beef Chili Cost at Costco?

The beef chili currently costs $3.49 per pound.

You get about 4 pounds of chili per container so plan of the container costing about $14 which comes out to a cost about about $1.75 per half pound serving.

Given how expensive ground beef is these days, the cost of this beef chili is a pretty good deal.

Price of Beef Chili at Costco


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