Smokin' Awesome Chili

Nor M.


This is the way I have been making my chili for years. It isn't to mild. It isn't to spicy. It is just right! Hope you all love it!!


★★★★★ 4 votes

20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


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1 1/2 - 2 lb
80 % lean ground beef
1 can(s)
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 can(s)
14.5 ounce cans chopped tomatoes
1/3 c
chili sauce
2 Tbsp
canola oil or olive oil
large sweet onion chopped
green bell pepper chopped
3 clove
garlic chopped fine
2- 4 oz
optional canned green chili's
optional chopped jalepeno or 6 slices jarred and chopped jalepeno peppers
15 1/2 oz
can pinto beans rinsed and drained
15 1/2 oz
can kidney beans rinsed and drained
15 1/2 oz
can black beans rinsed and drained
bay leaf
3/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
roasted cumin powder
1/2 tsp
3 tsp
chili powder
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
optional : a squirt of ketchup as desired for a little sweetness


1 c
mexican cheese blend for serving
dollop of sour cream

How to Make Smokin' Awesome Chili


  • 1In to a large pot pour the crushed tomatoes,and the 2 cans of diced tomatoes. Add the chili sauce,and 3 cans of beans and stir well.
  • 2Fry hamburger until cooked through. Leave some what chunky. Drain grease from it and add it to the pot. In fry pan add oil. Cook bell pepper,and onion until done and onions are nicely caramelized. Add garlic last and heat for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add to the pot with tomatoes.
  • 3heat pot to medium high heat. When it starts to boil. Lower heat to low.
    Add the green chili's,and Jalapeno pepper to the pot with the herbs,and spices. Stir well to combine. at this time sample sauce. If you want a little sweetness. add small squirt of ketchup. add a little at a time. stir and taste to desired sweetness.
  • 4Cook on low heat uncovered for 2 hours. Stir from time to time as not to burn the sauce. Sauce will thicken and reduce some as it cooks. Top individual portions with Mexican cheese,or sour cream. and serve.

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About Smokin' Awesome Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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