My Triple Cook-Off Winning Chili

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Serves: about 8
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


3 lb lean hamburger
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4-8 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!)
1 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 cumin
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
2 (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

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Kelly Williams Recipe
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Forked River, NJ (pop. 66,620)
Member Since Jul 2011
Kelly's notes for this recipe:
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!!)
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This recipe had the right amount of heat! The flavors blend well and it has fast become a favorite of many on the Crew!


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

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user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Dec 21, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Dec 21, 2011
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user Kelly Williams Wildflours - Dec 21, 2011
I am in 7th heaven!!!!!!!! THANK YOU all so very much!!!!! Wow...I'm completely at a loss for I'm tearing up. Omg, I'm such a sap!! LOL!!! Bless your hearts! Thank you!! :D It means more than you know! ;)
user Sherri Logan Williams logansw - Dec 27, 2011
Congratulations on your 2nd blue ribbon! This is an awesome chili recipe...SAVED!!! sw☺
user Kelly Williams Wildflours - Dec 27, 2011
Thanks, Sherri!! :D :D Worked *VERY* hard on it for years! Do hope you try it! :D Have a Happy New Year!! :D

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