Mertzie's Chili

Michelle Koletar/Mertz


So many chili recipes out there. I don't like mine extra, extra hot. I've never used a recipe, but my son has been asking me to write down how I make some of his favorite dishes, so today I did just that.
We top ours with cheese, sour cream & scallions. I still love to crumble Ritz crackers in my chili, just like I did when I was little! :)


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15 Min
2 Hr


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2 lb
ground meat (i like ground sirloin)
worcestershire sauce
1-2 large
onions, chopped
2-3 large
green peppers, chopped
stalks celery, diced (i use leaves too)
garlic powder, onion powder, montreal steak seasoning, salt, pepper
4 Tbsp
chili powder
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
minced garlic
14 oz. cans, tomatoes with green chiles (i use rotel)
28 oz. can whole tomatoes
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
hungarian banana peppers
container knorr's beef stock
1 tsp
cayenne pepper & crushed red pepper flakes (each)
cans beans (i use 2 black beans, 1 light red kidney, 1 dark red kidney)
1/2 can(s)
1 Tbsp
sweet chili sauce (i use frank's red hot)
1 tsp
cilantro, dried
1 can(s)
tomato paste
chipotle chili powder, ancho chili powder, to taste (i use about 1 tbs or more of each)

How to Make Mertzie's Chili


  • 1Brown ground meat very well. I add some salt & pepper as it cooking. Drain, if needed. Add garlic & onion powder, Montreal seasoning, and generous amount of worcestershire. Continue cooking.
  • 2Add onion, green & banana peppers, & celery, and stir well.
  • 3I add everything else except the beans & cilantro & cook on low-medium for about 1 hour. (I add about 1 TBS of sugar on top of the canned tomatoes). Then, I add the beans, cilantro, more salt if needed or whatever others spices & we're ready to chow! If you want more heat, add jalapenos or hot sauce.

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About Mertzie's Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Other Tag: For Kids

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