Rowan's Best Chili

Rowan's Best Chili Recipe

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Susi Matthews


I've moved a lot; hate moving but sometimes it's necessary. When asking good friends to come help you move, it's a great idea to bribe them with food. If you're known as a good cook; you end up getting great and plentiful help.

This recipe has been honed though years of tasting and adding and pleasing friends, who come back for seconds and thirds. Now, it may seem difficult with lots of ingredients, but once begun, it's easy and SO good; a rich and complex blend of flavors. Believe me, it's worth a bit of trouble!

★★★☆☆ 2 votes
1 Hr 20 Min
3 Hr


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1 c
black beans, dried (1/2 pkg)
1 c
red beans, dried (1/2 pkg)
3-5 bottle
1 lb
hamburger or stew meat
1 1/2 lb
thick-cut bacon
1/2 lb
ground pork sausage (hormel)
1/4 c
vegetable oil (or bacon grease)
1 large
3-4 clove
green pepper
jalapeno pepper, seeded
1 or 2
poblano pepper, seeded
1 Tbsp
penzey’s pork chop seasoning
2 Tbsp
penzey’s cumin
4 Tbsp
penzey’s chili powder
1 Tbsp
penzey’s coriander
1 tsp
ground pepper, freshly ground
unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp
penzey's cinnamon blend
18 oz
crushed tomatoes, canned or fresh, with liquid
1 can(s)
tomato paste
1/2 c
brown sugar
1/4 c
dark molasses, to taste

How to Make Rowan's Best Chili


  • 1Sort and rinse dried beans; put in stock pot, cover with water and simmer for an hour.
  • 2Drain and rinse, then add 2-3 bottles of Guinness (enough to cover beans), cover and simmer for an hour, ‘til beans are just tender. Set aside.
  • 3Heat up large cast pan and fry bacon ‘til crispy, put on paper towel and let cool, then crumble and set aside.
  • 4Chop all veggies and set aside.
  • 5Add oil/bacon grease to cast iron pan, heat on low temp. When oil starts to sizzle, add beef and pork sausage and season. Stir until browning starts.
  • 6Add veggies and stir until meat is browned and veggies are clear. Blot up any excess oil.
  • 7Plug in large crock pot on low; put meat and veggies in the stock pot.
  • 8Drain liquid from beans, retaining to add if needed, put beans into crock pot and stir.
  • 9Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste; if chili is too dry, re-add liquid and a bottle of Guinness, if needed.
  • 10Add sugar, molasses and a dollop of honey, if needed, stir in well.
  • 11Keep cover on crock pot and simmer until chili thickens. Serve with fresh corn bread and a salad.

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