Cinfully Good Chili

Cynthia Creamer-Pirtle


Growing up an army brat with family scattered from Texas to Michigan to Florida and Georgia, I was introduced to a wide variety of foods from all over. My yankee family made blande chili that seemed more tomatoes than anything. It was good but something was missing. My Texas cousins made it so hot you couldn't taste it. The Floridians put curry in it, and well, that just aint right. I don't think the clan in Georgia made any. I began a mission for the perfect blend of these dishes and by the time I was thirty I was pretty well known for my Chili. I sure hope ya'll like it!!

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Now this is a good all round chili! There is some wonderful spice, but it's not too hot. Perfect for everyone to enjoy. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 8 votes

15 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 2 lb
    lean hamburger or hamburger/venison blend
  • 1 medium
    bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 medium
    onion - chopped
  • 3 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 small
    bay leaf or 1/2 of larger leaf
  • 3 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    paprika ( i prefer hungarian smoked but any will do)
  • 1 tsp
    salt or salt to taste
  • 1 can(s)
    8 oz of tomatosauce
  • 1 tsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 can(s)
    14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 can(s)
    3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 can(s)
    15 oz can *ranch style beans
  • 1 c
    cold coffee (this mornings leftovers are great) shhhh this is my secret ingredient!

How to Make Cinfully Good Chili


  1. Brown ground meat in a large pot or iron kettle (my preference). Drain any grease off of meat in a colander and rinse with hot water. Return to pot.
  2. Saute onion, bell pepper and minced garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add to ground meat.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 1 to 2 hours, adding water in half cup increments if chili becomes too thick.
  4. Cayenne pepper can be increased by 1/4 teaspoon increments if a hotter chili is preferred.
  5. My family enjoys cornbread with this dish and we like to top it with thinly sliced scallions, sour cream, cheddar cheese and fresh chopped cilantro. A bit of minced jalapeno will bring tears to your eyes if you feel so inclined by individuals, but I think it'll bring tears to your eyes just cause it's gooood!

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About Cinfully Good Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collection: Chili

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