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Karen's First Place Chili Recipe
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Karen's First Place Chili

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"I won first place 3 times with this recipe, and gave the recipe to a friend and he won first place with it also."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Place the pork sausage, beef, and onion into a large skillet over medium heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is browned, about 15 minutes. Break the meat up into crumbles as it cooks. Drain off excess fat, then place the meat into a soup pot. Mix in the diced tomatoes with green peppers, chili beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, masa harina, cumin, salt, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Bring the chili to a simmer, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 19, 2010

This is a delicious recipe with several changes. We do not have the stomachs to be able to handle 9 tablespoons of chili powder! Three was all we could do! In addition, I used only about 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. I did use Ranch Style Pinto Beans with Jalapenos, though. And THEN I followed the rest of the recipe. We really did like it! I will definitely make it again. I need to--I have a boatload of masa harina to use up! Thank you, Karen. I salute you! I admire anyone who can use that much HEAT! :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2010

We liked it less than some milder recipes, I enjoyed it with cheddar and sour cream over noodles, but my kids found it too hot.

Nov 02, 2010

Karen, thanks for the recipe. I also won first place with this chili. How fun!! I did alter it just a little. I only put 7 tablesoons of chili powder and did not add extra salt. I thought the pork was salty enough. I also have tons of the Masa flour so will be making this chili agaiin!

Nov 17, 2010

Sooo Good... The only changes I made were only 3 tsp of chili powder and i add 1 tsp of brown sugar (brown sugar add a savory element).

Oct 22, 2010

At last! A recipe that is actually hot. Well done Karen, I've spent years looking for recipes from all over the world that are hot and spicy and this is the first one. Normally they say it is hot and it is not and I end up just adding more spices/chilli's/curry masala etc. Highly recommended if you like the heat!

Nov 01, 2010

Very,very good recipe. I added 1 red bell pepper, 1 green bell pepper, and 2 habanero peppers, and 4 jalapeno peppers as well as increasing the red pepper to 1 TBS. Also added 1 quart of water. We took this to a neighborhood chili cookoff, and it was the unanimous winner. The heat was not overwhelming, but rather an afterburn. A bit too hot for timid eaters, but for the spicy food fans, it was perfect!!!

Nov 03, 2010

This recipe calls for WAY TOO MUCH CHILI POWDER AND SALT. I was thoughtful enough to only put 6 T chili powder, I wish I had been more thoughtful with the salt. I put 1 Tablespoon salt and we couldn't eat the chile! I will try the recipe again w/ 1 tsp salt!!

Nov 01, 2010

A tablespoon of salt? I only used 1 tsp and the chili was so salty we couldn't eat it. Also very greasy, even after draining fat. I did like the spice level though. Might try again using no salt and 93/7 ground beef.


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  • Calories
  • 365 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 21.4 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 7.9 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 23.1 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 2172 mg
  • 87%

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

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