Down & Dirty Chili

Andy Anderson !


Okay, the temperatures are beginning to drop, and you’re ready for some heart-warming chili. Unfortunately, you really don’t want to take all day to make it.

Don't blame you one tiny bit...

This chili can be put together with a minimum of ingredients, and gives you good chili taste.

Although this recipe is designed to be up and ready in about an hour, you'll like it even better the next day.


★★★★★ 4 votes

20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


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1 lb
ground sirloin
3 slice
thick-cut bacon, diced
1/2 medium
yellow onion, diced
16 oz
bush's best chili beans (one can)
8 oz
hunt's tomato sauce (one can)
14 1/2 oz
hunt's tomatoes petite diced (one can)
1/4 c
chili powder
2 tsp
ground cumin
2 clove
garlic, minced
1/8 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 c

How to Make Down & Dirty Chili


  • 1In a large pot, preferably cast iron, cook the diced bacon over medium-high heat, until the fat begins to render.
  • 2Add the onions, and continue to cook, until the onions soften, about 6 minutes.
  • 3Add the ground sirloin, and cook until browned.
  • 4Add the chili powder, ground cumin, garlic, and cayenne pepper, and stir until the spices begin to bloom, about 2 minutes.
  • 5Chef's Note: I really, really, really, like Mexene Chile Powder... It's really got great flavor.
  • 6Add the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, and water. Stir to combine.
  • 7Allow to simmer, uncovered for about an hour… two if you have the time.
  • 8Chef's Note: If you want to thicken up the sauce a bit, and add some flavor... Take a tablespoon or two of masa (ground corn) about thirty minutes into the simmer...
  • 9Serve with sour cream, cheese, and some crackers, or homemade bread.
  • 10It's down... It's dirty... But it tastes great on a cold Autumn's evening.

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About Down & Dirty Chili

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #beans, #tomatoes, #winter

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