Kelly Williams Recipe

My Triple Cook-Off Winning Chili

By Kelly Williams Wildflours

Recipe Rating:
about 8
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Stove Top

Kelly's Story

I used to love to participate in chili cook-offs, sooo much fun! But haven't done one in years. So, sharing my triple-winning recipe! (I've actually won 4, but this is the recipe that won 3 years in a row.) More than happy to share! Enjoy!! :D

(VERY old photo by me...I really need to take some new ones!!)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This recipe had the right amount of heat! The flavors blend well and it has fast become a favorite of many on the Crew!


3 lb
lean hamburger
green bell pepper, diced
red bell pepper, diced
fresh jalapenos, diced small (add as many as you like for heat, but add at least 4 for mild for the kiddos. *i usually add all 8 for hotter!)
large onion, diced large
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste (start with about a tsp. each salt and garlic powder and a 1/2 tsp. pepper. you'll be adding more later.)
1/3 c
good chili powder, just don't use the el cheapo stuff
1 3/4 c
ketchup, i use heinz
3 Tbsp
lemon juice concentrate
1/3 c
dark brown sugar, can sub light but i just don't even buy that kind anymore because it always turns into a brick
1 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce, i use lea & perrins
2 tsp
regular white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp
yellow table mustard, french's
1 1/2 Tbsp
3 c
spicy hot v8 juice
1 (16 oz.)
can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained first in a colander til no longer foamy/bubbly
2 (8 oz.)
pkgs. fresh sliced mushrooms
(14 1/2 oz.) cans del monte original stewed tomatoes, with the juice. crush tomatoes with hands as you add.
1 c
beef bouillon, i use superior touch better than bouillon beef base
*more salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Stir all, and bring just to a low simmer, reduce heat and cook for at least 1 1/2 hours on low. Stir gently and occaisionally. You can do this on the stove or in a large crock pot, either way works.
Thick, rich, slightly sweet/slightly hot chili! Very unique! Enjoy!! :D

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #southwestern



Kathy Copeland lifetimegutter
Tuesday at 3:28 PM
Do you make lemon juice with the concentrate first or add frozen concentrated lemon juice like the brand from Minute Maid? One cup of beef bullion?? Do you add one beef bullion cube with a cup of water? Sound so good. I love chili and would like to try this recipe. Thanks
bethany lemerand bethanann94
Jan 7, 2015
Just tried making this! Only had 2 jalapeƱos so going to add more chili powder. Its currently simmering! I tasted it and never had a sweet like taste chili before! I think i like! Quick question. If i have the cube beef boulion, how many cubes would i use? Also about how much more salt, pepper, and garlic powder do u add during the simmering?
John Thompson FireCaptain1
Dec 15, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
John Thompson FireCaptain1
Dec 15, 2014
Got this simmering on the stove right now . I can't believe someone would say anything bad about this chili . She needs to take cooking lessons or reading comprehension or something . I'm cooking for the guys at the station for a going away party . Kind of bitter sweet . Losing a guy on my shift to another department but hey , lunch is gonna be off the chain !!! For those that say its too sweet , add more mustard ... that's what I do . ;)
Sharon Doubt Sharon_Doubt
Nov 29, 2014
I won second place in a Chili Cook off contest with this recipe. Not bad for a newbie! :) I love this recipe. Our new family favourite! Thank you so much for sharing.