STOP LOOKING! This is the best chili recipe! The modifications I made were only because I didn't have a couple ingredients so I substituted, and personally I think it turned out to my advantage!! I fried 4 strips of hickory smoked bacon and crumbled it up, instead of using bacon bits. I used chunks of steak meat, cut in thin strips instead of 2lbs of ground, because I only had steak/stew meat. I will always use steak meat anyways- it was delicious, the meat was falling apart, and it made the chili chunkier! Instead of Italian sausage I used a yummy hot sausage, cut into chunks. I fried each of the meats separately before throwing them in the crock pot, draining the fats. I tossed the steak meat in garlic powder, salt, and flour and browned it in a pan. Then, I used wine instead of beer to clean up the pan of all the flour and spices that were stuck and poured it into the crock pot. I also added at the very end, 2 tablespoons of cornmeal, because I like my chili thick, and it looked a little soupy before I did that. My husband came home from work, tried a spoonful and said, "I want this for dinner tonight!" I tried telling him we're supposed to eat it the next day, but it was so delicious he wanted it right away!! Still, we have plenty leftovers for tomorrow, and by all the reviews it's supposed to be even better!! I can't imagine that! My husband says it's a keeper and he wants me to enter it in this years chili cookoff! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!
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STOP LOOKING! This is the best chili recipe! The modifications I made were only because I...