Down and Dirty Garlic Chili Recipe -
Down and Dirty Garlic Chili Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Down and Dirty Garlic Chili

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"This recipe is something I will whip together on nights when spaghetti just won't cut it, but time is a commodity worth more than gold. There are only two in my family, but that just means plenty of yummy leftovers. Serve this chili with cheese on top and a thick slice of homemade sourdough bread and you've got a winner. The measurements are approximations since I'm more of a shake and dab type of cook, but this is generally right. This gives more kick than you might think, so be lenient with the pepper flakes if you are serving kids!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground beef, and cook until evenly browned. Stir occasionally to crumble. Season the beef with chili powder, onion flakes, cumin, paprika, garlic and red pepper flakes, and mix well.
  2. Pour in the tomatoes, chili beans, and tomato sauce. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for at least 30 minutes, or longer for thicker chili. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 27, 2010

I thought this chili was amazing! It's very simplistic and basic which makes it easy to add ingredients to your liking. I added 2 cubes of beef bouillon, a whole onion in place of the flakes, 2 chopped carrots, 1 T of yellow mustard and 1 can each of kidney and black beans.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 09, 2011

Down & Dirty Garlic Chili Haiku: "Needs more of something. The title is misleading. Maybe more beans too?" I agree w/ another reviewer that, despite the recipe's cute title, it doesn't call for any more garlic than any other chili recipe that I've made. I also didn't find it to be spicy at all, and I even used fire roasted garlic diced tomatoes. The only thing that I changed was swapping onion flakes for diced onion that I sauteed w/ the beef. It's a nice, basic chili, that in my opinion, needs a better ratio of beef to beans, more garlic (to suit its title), and more heat.


11 Ratings

Apr 14, 2009

I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I think the recipe name is a bit misleading though; I don't think there is any more garlic in this than in any other chili I've made (maybe even less, in fact). Having said that, this chili has great flavor. I followed the recipe, but also added a can of sliced mushrooms and some water (with a cube of bouillon) as we like our chili with a bit more liquid. Served it topped with shredded cheddar and pickled jalapenos. Thank you :)

Apr 21, 2004

This got good reviews at our house and is a good thing to whip up when you're short on prep time. But it's basically just a regular chili -- all the garlic gets overwhelmed by the chili powder. And if you want to control the heat, worry about the red pepper flakes AND the chili powder; two tablespoons gives it quite a kick and was too spicy for some of my family.

Feb 06, 2012

Very easy and delicious! However the name is very misleading. I upped the garlic to 4 gloves and still couldn't taste it. All in all it was a good recipe that will be added to our rotation.

Oct 17, 2004

Not bad but missing something.

Sep 27, 2010

I used left over roast beef rather then ground beef. I used stewed tomatos. I used "Bushes" chili beans. I increased all the spices slightly. Didn't salt and pepper at all. Pretty pleased with the results. I froze it to use for a gathering in the near future, hope everyone else likes it too!!

Mar 18, 2010

This is a good basic Chili recipe to add your own flair too. I read a few reviews that said this was really spicy, but we didn't think it was spicy at all! I ended up adding hot sauce and pickled jalapenos to give it some kick. I'll probably use this again but will definitely doctor it up a little bit more.


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  • Calories
  • 321 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.2 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 8 g
  • 32%
  • Protein
  • 34.3 g
  • 69%
  • Sodium
  • 1387 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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