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Presidential Debate Chili Recipe
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Presidential Debate Chili

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"A basic but tasty chili recipe that you can keep mild or season to a fire-hot! A great dinner, game day meal, or perfect when watching political debates. Add as a side rice or cornbread, Fritos® or crackers, and definitely grated cheese, and you'll have a winner. (Blue ribbon chili cook-off winner.)"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Crumble beef into a large pot over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic. Cook and stir beef until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard excess grease. Return pot to medium-high heat.
  2. Stir diced tomatoes, beef broth, diced green chilies, chili powder, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, and salt through the beef mixture. Add beans and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the pot, and simmer for 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 22, 2012

Kudos to the submitter(s), This Colorado Trio, for the catchy, fun and timely name they gave their chili. It’s an obvious attention grabber and it works. It’s so much more creative than the (yawn) “The Best Chili in the Whole Wide World,” or “Easy, Peasy, Chili.” And chili is certainly appropriate for a Presidential Debate to keep muss and fuss to a minimum. It was also interesting for me to try, since it was different than how I generally make it. Individual tastes vary, of course, but for me this was good, not great. First, in defense of the recipe, I couldn’t stay true as I was unable to find “ranch-style beans” so I improvised with suggestions I easily found on the internet. The can of diced green chilies was a new addition and while it contributed a flavor kick, I found it too BIG of a kick – I could see reducing that amount and maybe filling in with green bell peppers. The broth was different for me too, and I’m sort of indifferent about it. Where my taste buds had an issue was with the oregano –I don’t generally add that to chili and I guess I could like it- but two teaspoons was way overkill for me. Submitter is correct – this is an easy, basic chili recipe that can be modified with changes or substitutions or to include favorite add-ins. I appreciated the new and fun cooking experience, especially for tonight’s final and important Presidential Debate.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 17, 2014

This chili is OK as a starting point. I had to add a whole bunch more spices for our taste.


15 Ratings

Oct 17, 2012

Hubby gives this 5 stars, he went back for seconds - I give it 5 stars because it managed to keep his mouth busy instead of yapping throughout the debate. Thanks for a good recipe with a fun name.

Oct 30, 2012

Good basic chili, and that's pretty much how we like our chili. I did appreciate not having to use any packaged chili seasonings with all of the sugar and chemicals that comes with it. Not quite spicy enough for us though, so I added more chili powder and more cumin. Also, I could not find "ranch beans" (mentioned by a previous reviewer), so I used dark red kidney beans and one can was more than enough for this size recipe.

Nov 12, 2012

Presidential Debate Chili Haiku: "Love Ranch-style beans. (I think they made this chili.) Still would've been good." Followed the recipe exactly as written, elated that it called for Ranch-style beans that I keep stocked in my pantry as often as I can get my hands on them. I truly can't think of anything that I would've done to change this chili; it was just fantastic, although it was a touch mild for us, so after a squirt of Sriracha, we declared it a win.

Nov 02, 2012

This is a tasty, versatile basic chili. We invited friends to our home for lunch, and I fixed the chili as written. I set out bowls of add-ins so we could each tailor the chili to personal taste. This chili was a hit! All in all, this chili has the potential to "reach across the aisle"...folks who enjoy less spicy chili will be pleased and folks who like it spicier can kick it up as they choose. No debating the issue, this is one delicious chili! ;)

Nov 01, 2012

Best chili I've ever had/made. Being a incredibly novice TEENAGE male cook, I was a little cautious about how something like chili would come out first time from scratch. A tradition in our family: chili on Halloween, so I wanted to make it from scratch. No flavors clash, and unlike Nana I actually used MORE oregano (I used ground, the ingredients didn't clarify which one to use) and it tasted just as well. One little flaw, and while it's not really anything bad, it's worth taking a note: the ingredients stick to the bare minimum. If you like something such as onion (like me!) you will want to add A LOT. I ended up adding about 35 oz of tomato and a whole onion half. Plus, the recipe is not too spicy, so that's somewhat good. Another note is that I replaced those nasty ranch beans with kidney and black beans and this was the final result. Pros: -Incredibly easy to make, just mix it all together. -SO GOOD. My whole family, plus two friends said it was 5 *s. -Time to make is great; once it's boiling it's done. The hour wait isn't really needed. -Pretty mild for little kids or non-fans of spice. -Simply a good looking meal. I'll be uploading a picture of mine. -I didn't add cheese, but I bet it would be great with it. Cons: -After waiting the hour, most of the liquid was gone. I suggest either add some water or don't boil for TOO long. -Wasn't too spicy, which I would've liked.

Mar 23, 2014

I won the chili cook off at my work with this recipe. I went up against 10 other dishes. The only change I made to it was to add hickory smoked sugar beans to it..... and added 16 oz can of red beans on a double recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 240 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 7.6 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 17.1 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 1137 mg
  • 45%

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

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