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


  • 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


  1. In a large pot, preferably cast iron, cook the diced bacon over medium-high heat, until the fat begins to render.
  2. Add the onions, and continue to cook, until the onions soften, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add the ground sirloin, and cook until browned.
  4. Add the chili powder, ground cumin, garlic, and cayenne pepper, and stir until the spices begin to bloom, about 2 minutes.
  5. Chef's Note: I really, really, really, like Mexene Chile Powder... It's really got great flavor.
  6. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, and water. Stir to combine.
  7. Allow to simmer, uncovered for about an hour… two if you have the time.
  8. Chef'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...
  9. Serve with sour cream, cheese, and some crackers, or homemade bread.
  10. It'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

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