(H)Eat it up Chili

Melissa Baldan


Summer time and Chili Dogs...What more can I say? This chili is a 1st Place (2010) and 2nd place (2012) winner at my local Chili Cook Off.
The overnight refrigeration is key to making this recipe perfect! It must be done. The recipe itself isn't too complex, just prep everything and measure everything before you begin. The only part that is hard is waiting overnight to eat it!

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  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 lb
    ground pork sausage, mild
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 1
    green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 1
    habanero pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3
    jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 6 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch
    chives, finely chopped
  • 2 can(s)
    chili beans (15 ounce)
  • 1 can(s)
    dices tomatoes (14.5 ounce)
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato paste (6 ounce)
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato sauce (8 ounce)
  • 12 oz
    lager style beer
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 c
  • 1/4 c
    chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp

How to Make (H)Eat it up Chili


  1. Cook beef and pork until brown and crumbly and no longer pink. Drain and discard any grease.
  2. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion, bell pepper, habanero, jalapeno, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft.
  3. Stir meat back in and add chives, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and beer. Add water until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Sprinkle with cornmeal, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce to low and simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Reheat over medium until just before it boils. Serve in bowls garnished with Cheddar Cheese, Onions, Avocados, Sour Cream, or whatever you like. Or, serve on top of hot dogs with mustard and onions (my favorite!)

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About (H)Eat it up Chili

Course/Dish: Beef Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collection: World Food Champs
Hashtag: #chili

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