My Triple Cook-Off Winning Chili

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Kelly Williams

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@WildfloursCottageKitchen

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

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


Rating:

★★★★★ 30 votes

Comments:
Serves:
about 8
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • SAUTE, DRAIN GREASE:

  • 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)
  • DUMP INTO CROCK POT OR LARGE STOCK POT AND ADD:

  • 1/3 c
    good chili powder
  • 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(s)
    dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained first in a colander til no longer foamy/bubbly
  • 2 pkg
    fresh sliced mushrooms, 8 oz. each
  • 2 can(s)
    Del Monte original stewed tomatoes, with the juice; crush tomatoes with hands as you add; 14 1/2 oz. each can
  • 1 c
    beef bouillon, i use superior touch better than bouillon beef base (dissolve 1 tsp. beef base into 1 cup hot water to make 1 cup bouillon)
  • ·
    *more salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

How to Make My Triple Cook-Off Winning Chili

Step-by-Step

  1. Saute hamburger, green pepper, red bell pepper, jalapenos in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon (each) of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add 1/2 tsp black pepper.
  2. Drain the grease.
  3. Into a large stock pot or Crock Pot, add the sauteed hamburger meat. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. 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 occasionally. You can do this on the stove or in a large Crock Pot. Either way works.
  5. Thick, rich, slightly sweet/slightly hot chili! Very unique! Enjoy!! :D

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About My Triple Cook-Off Winning Chili

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




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