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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1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


  • 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


  1. Heat 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

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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