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big bill's "win or lose" chili

★★★★☆ 35
a recipe by
Bill Wentz
Virginia Beach, VA

Everyone is a WINNER when they sit down with a bowl of Big Bill's "Win or Lose" Chili!!! Topped with a mountain of extra sharp grated cheddar and sliced jalapeno....mmmmmmm This is one "Bowl Game" where every fan is a WINNER!!!!!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Hot and spicy, this delicious chili is not for the faint of heart! Dollop on some sour cream and dive into a steaming bowl - You'll be glad you did!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 35
serves 8-10
prep time 30 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For big bill's "win or lose" chili

  • 3 lb
    80/20 ground chuck
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 3 c
    beef broth
  • 2 can
    pinto beans (15 oz) rinsed and drained
  • 2 can
    diced tomatoes (14.5 oz) with juice
  • 1 can
    tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1 sm
    can of ro-tel tomato sauce (new)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 1 lg
    onion chopped and diced
  • 1 lg
    jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 1 md
    green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 sm
    can chopped green chilis
  • 4 tsp
    minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    chipotle chili powder
  • 3 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 2 tsp
    hot cayenne pepper
  • 2 c
    extra sharp cheddar (grated)
  • 1 c
    sliced pickled jalapeno
  • 1 lg
    fresh jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1 pt
    real sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp
    yellow or white cornmeal (mixed with warm water to form

How To Make big bill's "win or lose" chili

  • 1
    In a large pot heat the ground chuck in vegetable oil, I like to use a potato masher to push down the beef as it is browning, once brown drain fat from meat. Add onions, pepper to the beef(green & jalapeno & can green chili) cook over med heat unti onions are soft. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, sugar, thyme, cayenne, oregano and black pepper-heat over med. heat stirring often for 15 minutes.
  • 2
    Pour in beef broth, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, cider vinegar stir to mix well reduce heat and let it simmer at least 3 hours. 10 minutes before serving combine your "Mesa" mixture of 2tbs cornmeal and warm water until it forms a slight paste and stir thoroughly into your chili. Top with Cheddar & Jalapeno ENJOY!!!
  • 3
    Serve with a skillet of Cornbread as the finishing touch....mmmmm down home goodness