Denise's Secret Recipe Chili

Denise's Secret Recipe Chili

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Denise Van Dyne


I came up with this chili recipe about 10 years ago, and have received many compliments and requests for my recipe. I hope you enjoy it as well!


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2 Tbsp
olive oil
9 large clove
garlic, minced
3-5 Tbsp
chili powder (depending on heat level)
2 tsp
dried basil
1/2 tsp
dried thyme
14 oz
can low-sodium chicken stock
6 oz
can tomato paste
7 oz
can diced chilis
2 14 oz
cans black beans, rinsed, drained
2 Tbsp
brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp
cayenne pepper
15 oz
can bush's spicy beans
1 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 c
chopped onions
3 lb
lean ground chuck
2 Tbsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
dried oregano
28 oz
can crushed tomatoes
12 oz
bottle sierra nevada beer
1 tsp
2 dash(es)
1 lg can(s)
kidney beans, rinsed, drained
1 Tbsp
unsweetened cocoa
fresh chopped cilantro
shredded cheddar cheese
6 slice
thick-cut bacon, diced

How to Make Denise's Secret Recipe Chili


  • 1Heat oil in heavy large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions, bacon and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent and bacon is cooked, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon to plate. Add chuck and sauté until brown, breaking up meat with back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Add rest of spices. Stir 2 minutes. Mix in crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, beer and tomato paste. Simmer until thickened to desired consistency, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Mix in beans. Simmer 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, top with fresh cilantro and grated cheese. NOTE: you may want to cut back a bit on the spices at first, if you prefer a milder chili, and increase as your taste buds indicate.

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About Denise's Secret Recipe Chili

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Main Dishes, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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