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Mark's Firehouse Chili Recipe

Mark's Firehouse Chili

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"This recipe won the Blum invitational chili cook-off/Super Bowl® party. It really is good. Many people say this but this one guarantees an empty pot when taken to potlucks. I got this recipe from my friend Mark, who has spent his life in public safety positions. He hasn't forgotten his firehouse roots as evidenced by this recipe."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Cook and stir ground beef in a large soup pot over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Pour kidney beans, beef bouillon, plum tomatoes, tomato puree, beer, and Worcestershire sauce into beef. Stir in dry onion soup mix, red pepper flakes, dried chipotle pepper, cumin, thyme, and oregano.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer until thickened, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2013

First, I will say that I can see how this chili was the cook-off champ, it's really that good. I typically don't use a recipe for making chili, but I was a little intrigued by the lack of both chili powder and onions in this recipe. Not to worry because you won't miss either. Only change I made was omitting the chipotle pepper because it's a flavor we don't care for. It will take about two hours to cook down, so plan accordingly, and give it a chance to develop its hearty and robust flavor. I bought a can of plum tomatoes as called for in the recipe, but IMO it's not key to the recipe's success, and I didn't like having to cut the whole tomatoes into small pieces (yeah, maybe I'm a little lazy). Next time, I'll use the canned diced tomatoes, thinking the fire roasted ones might be perfect. Good recipe for sure. Thanks to both Bob and to Mark for sharing.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 24, 2014

It was very oregano-y, which to me is not a flavor I associate with chili.


6 Ratings

Jan 09, 2013

Thought this recipe was great and quickly put together with the follow changes. Replaced 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried chipotle pepper with 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper - because I'm not a fan of (Smokey Tasting) Chipotle Pepper. I doubled the amount of chop meat and Kidney beans. Because I made a good tasting error, I'm staying with Tablespoon measurements instead of teaspoon measurements for the whole recipe except the Cayenne pepper. Keep it at 1/2 Teaspoon for mild heat. I served the Chili with rice and Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. ** Next time while browning the chop meat I'm going to add Fresh Chopped Jalapeno Peppers for more heat. And Maybe a little more Cayenne Pepper + 1/4 teaspoon.

Mar 04, 2015

Mark's Firehouse Chili Haiku: "Beer was optional, I'm glad I didn't use it, wouldn't have been thick." Followed the recipe to a "T" other than not using the optional beer, only b/c the only kind we had around was Natty Ice which sounded grody in chili. Even if we'd had a quality beer around, I would've regretted adding more liquid to this chili b/c it wasn't as thick as we like ours to be. Texture aside, the taste was great and it's the 1st chili that I've ever had w/ dry onion soup mix which made for an interesting flavor. Oh and I wasn't familiar w/ what a 7 oz. can of tomato "puree" was, so I used a small can of tomato paste.

Oct 09, 2013

Loved this chili! I'm making it my standard chili recipe now. I left out the beer(since I didn't have any) and the chipotle peppers. I added a handful of chopped onion. I also used a fresh garden tomato rather than the canned ones.

Aug 26, 2013

I have never used beer in a chili before, but I thought it added a nice depth. I did use fresh tomatoes instead of canned and made it vegetarian by substituting Morningstar soy crumbles for the ground beef.


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  • Calories
  • 246 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 5.8 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 18.5 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 1058 mg
  • 42%

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

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