Fabulous Firehouse Chili

Daniel Rinaldi


This is great topped with mild cheddar cheese served with corn bread on the side.

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  • 1 lb
    thick cut boneless pork chops (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 2 lb
    boneless short ribs (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 lb
    tri-tip (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/4 c
    your favorite steak rub spice
  • 6 Tbsp
    canola oil (divided)
  • 1/3 lb
    ground beef 80/20
  • 1/3 lb
    ground veal
  • 1/3 lb
    ground pork
  • 1/2 large
    yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 clove
    garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1-28 unce can(s)
    ground san marzano tomatoes
  • 1-6ounce can(s)
    tomato paste
  • 2 c
    reduced sodium beef stock
  • 1-14.5 oun can(s)
    reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp
    granulated onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 5 Tbsp
    mild chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    canned refried beans
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp
    louisiana style hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2 tsp
    liquid smoke
  • 3-15.5 oun can(s)
    cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)

How to Make Fabulous Firehouse Chili


  1. If possible, season all cubed meats with Steak Rub the day before you're going to make chili. If that's not possible then season before frying.
  2. Put one tablespoon of oil in a frying pan, place over medium high heat and brown all the ground meats and set aside.
  3. Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a stockpot placed over medium heat, add the onion and cook until translucent, add the garlic and cook for two minutes. Turn the heat up to high. Add the ground meats and the rest of the ingredients with the exception of remaining oil and cubed meats. Once the chili comes to a low boil reduce the heat so chili is just simmering and cover the stockpot. Cook for one hour.
  4. This step might have to be done in two batches if you don’t have a big enough frying pan. Put remaining three tablespoons of oil in a frying pan, place over high heat and sear the cubed meat then add to chili along with the Cannellini beans and cook uncovered for two more hours, or until chili has reached the thickness that you desire.

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About Fabulous Firehouse Chili

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Collections: World Food Champs Chili
Hashtag: #chili

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