Red Eye Chili Recipe

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Red Eye Chili

marty williams


This is my chili recipe that has evolved since 1979-80 after my first cook-off win at the famous George “Junior” Hill from downtown Bentonville 2nd or 3rd chili cook off on the Elk River at then trestle park MO. The late great Tom Alton , Dave Bolin and I cooked together as the original Red eye Chili Team

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1 Hr 30 Min
2 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


3 lb
beef chuck roast fat trimmed and diced into 1/4 cubes
1 lb
pork sausage or pork chorizo (drained after cooking)
1/2 lb
boneless skinless chicken thighs diceed up small
8 large
dried ancho chili pods remove stems/seeds soak all chili pods in water and bring to boil then set aside
dried new mexico chili pods remove stems/seesoak all chili pods in water and bring to boil then set asideds
passilla chili pods remove stems/seedssoak all chili pods in water and bring to boil then set aside
4 Tbsp
olive oil i prefer lard
1 large
yellow onions diced
green bell pepper diced
cloves of garlic minced
1/2 tsp
white ppper
2 Tbsp
smoked paprika
1 Tbsp
grandulated onion
1/2 tsp
hickory salt (pendreys spice house)
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
5 Tbsp
cumin seed toasted then ground in spice grinder
4 Tbsp
oregano, dried
14oz cans of beef consume'
14 oz petite diced tomatoes
12 oz tomato sauce
small can of tomato paste


1The process:
In a large skillet add 2 Tblsp oil/fat bring to heat and start caramelizing onion once soft add bell pepper and garlic when soft empty skillet and set aside

In a large skillet add 2Tblsp oil/fat bring to heat and start searing meat in batches evenly distribute the meat pork batches add some kosher salt and ground pepper once browned dump into dutch oven or stock pot along with onion mix place lid on pot to hold heat

Now bring your soaking chili pods and using an emersion blender or blender(in batches) start blending until smooth and all turns into a sauce, it will thicken.

After blending add all your spices except tomato stuff and broth then blend again for about 3-5 minutes.

Dump the sauce pan in your pot with the meat and onion mix

Add tomato stuff and broth stir really good and set on medium high heat covered until simmer is achieved at this point check on how thick it is if to thick add some broth if to soupy take cover off and let it cook down.

Also if you think you need more heat add cayenne to hot add a little catsup at a time until satisfied (do these additions in small increments so you don‘t over do it.

I have tried and made my own chili powders they just don’t keep very good . I buy my dried peppers making sure they are soft and pliable then seal them in my seal-a-meal they will keep for a long time. Plus you can pre-make your chili base seal it freeze it and all you have to do is add meat and onion mix.

I like my chili spicy with white pepper for the front bite and cayenne for the back bite, this is the heat you feel on the front of your tongue and the warm glow all over at the back (kind of like your first kiss).

Feel free to build upon this and try new chili’s

Bon apitito

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southwestern