Smokin' Awesome Chili

Nor Mac


This is the way I have been making my chili for years. It isn't too mild. It Is a nice thick meaty chili. It isn't too spicy. It is just right! Hope you all love it!!


★★★★★ 4 votes

20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 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
  • 1
    large sweet onion chopped
  • 1
    green bell pepper chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic chopped fine
  • 2- 4 oz
    optional canned green chili's
  • 1
    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
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1
    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


  1. In 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.
  2. Fry 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.
  3. heat 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.
  4. Cook 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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