Boatbilly Chili

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Many years ago, my husband and I entered a chili cook-off in Southern CA with our best friends. Neither couples had ever entered a contest before, but were up for the challenge. We were avid boaters and had shared many wonderful vacations houseboating on Lake Mohave, NV. Thus, the name "Boatbillies" was born.

This chili is a bit expensive to make and time consuming, but I think it is worth it!

I love this chili with it's blend of meats with a hint of cinnamon. Served with a warm cornbread and you've got a meal! Chourico can be found online at or any Portuguese market.

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45 Min
2 Hr


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2 Tbsp
olive oil
1 lb
sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 lb
pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 lb
ground beef
1 1/2 c
chourico portuguese sausage, casing removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large
yellow onion, chopped
1/4 tsp
chili powder (may add more as it cooks if needed)
1 Tbsp
fresh minced garlic
2 tsp
1 tsp
dried basil
(14 1/2 oz.) cans beef broth
(14 1/2 oz.) cans whole tomatoes, drained
1 c
cilantro, chopped
1 stick
bay leaves
green jalapenos, slit lengthwise and then in half, seeds removed
2 Tbsp
yellow cornmeal
salt & pepper

How to Make Boatbilly Chili


  • 1Place olive oil in large stockpot over medium heat.
  • 2Add sirloin and pork in batches and brown, removing to a bowl once browned.
  • 3Once these are browned, add ground beef, chorizo, onions and garlic to the pot and brown.
  • 4Return sirloin and pork to pot.
  • 5Stir in rest of ingredients.
  • 6Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
  • 7Discard cinnamon stick, bay leaves, and jalapenos before serving.
  • 8Garnish with cheese, chopped onions, sour cream and/or crushed tortilla chips.

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About Boatbilly Chili

Course/Dish: Chili

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