Gonzo's Big & Bold Chili

Gonzo's Big & Bold Chili Recipe

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Christopher Gonzalez


This 34 ingredient chili recipe is intense, and scaled here as a medium heat chili. I won a chili cook-off contest at Carl Albert State College in Poteau,OK last year in the "hot" division with virtually the same recipe. If you prefere "hot" chili like used in the chili cook-off, just add 1 more teas. of cayenne, 1 more medium jalapeno, and use the hot rotel instead. Be ready to "slap yo momma" after a few spoonfuls of this chili!

★★★★★ 1 vote
14 to 16
45 Min
1 Hr 15 Min
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2 lb
ground chuck
1 lb
ground breakfast sausage
2 large
onions, chopped
1 large
green bell pepper, cored, seeded & chopped
1 large
red bell pepper, cored, seeded & chopped
2 stalk(s)
celery, chopped
2 Tbsp
garlic, minced
3 (15oz.) can(s)
rotel (regular)
1 (6oz.) can(s)
tomato paste
1 (8oz.) can(s)
tomato sauce
8 ozs.
beef bouillon cubes
1 can(s)
3 Tbsp
mexene chili powder
1/2 c
dried chives
2 Tbsp
lea & perrin worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp
granulated or powdered garlic
2 tsp
granulated or powdered onion
2 tsp
powdered cayenne pepper
1 tsp
cajun seasoning ( zatarain's or tony cacherie's)
1 (15oz.) can(s)
red kidney beans
1 (15oz.) can(s)
black beans
1 (15oz.) can(s)
ranch style beans
2 Tbsp
real bacon bits (3 strips cooked)
1 Tbsp
mesa (roasted)
1 Tbsp
dried oregano
1 tsp
paprika (spanish style)
2 tsp
dried bay leaves
2 medium
jalapenos (cored, seeded & chopped small)
1 tsp
dried basil
2 Tbsp
strong coffee
salt & pepper to taste

How to Make Gonzo's Big & Bold Chili


  • 1Put the ground chuck & sausage in a large cooking pot, then add Maxene chili powder, onions, green & red bell peppers, celery, garlic and jalapenos . Cook on medium-low, stirring occasionally until browned.
  • 2Add water, tomato paste, tomato sauce, beer & coffee. Stir, then allow 15 minutes to heat. Stir again, then add the rest of the ingredients.
  • 3Add a lid to the pot, continue to cook on medium low for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. (about every 15 minutes)

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About Gonzo's Big & Bold Chili

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

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