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Killer Chili Recipe
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Killer Chili

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"This chili is just right for the bold and the timid. It has some heat, but not too much for everyone to enjoy."

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Original recipe makes 25 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 15 mins

    2 hrs 45 mins


  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble and set aside.
  2. Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat and cook and stir the ground beef until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the bacon and minced garlic. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the red wine, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the green bell peppers, celery, and chopped onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir onion mixture into the stock pot. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a near boil. Mix in the kidney beans, white beans, and black beans. Season with chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, paprika, Italian seasoning, vinegar, basil, dried minced onion, parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring often.
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Nov 05, 2010

A winner. The list of ingredients was intimidating but we put it together and simmered it down to a very nice meal. Cutting the portion to 9 created almost a full gallon. More actual flavor than simple chili.

Oct 25, 2010

Awesome chili, even better left over

Jan 29, 2013

This chili is absolutely fabulous!! Wouldn't change a thing! What else you got to offer us?

Sep 06, 2012

Really good chili! I used green chiles in the chili and subbed grape juice and red wine vinegar for the wine. I changed the servings from 25 to 12 but still used a pound of bacon. This recipe doesn't need measured, just dump it all in and it will be great. The kids and everyone else ate it up.

Jan 26, 2013

Very good! I cut the recipe down to 4 servings and because of this I only needed one can of beans so I went with the classic kidneys. The reason it doesn't get 5 stars from me is that there were too many pots/skillets and it tasted like it was missing something. Instead of all the dirty pans, I cooked the bacon in a dutch oven then put it aside, then put the ground turkey (I don't usually eat beef) in the same dutch oven. When it was almost cooked, I added the onion/celery/peppers. Then completed step 2, and moved on to adding the beans and seasonings. This seemed so much simpler! The missing ingredient that really rounded out the flavors was tomato paste. Will absolutely make this again, following my simple tweaks and adding the tomato paste. Hubby loved it!

Dec 11, 2012

This is a terrific chili....made a day ahead. I made it in advance yesterday and I didn't think much of it then. Fast forward today.....YUMMY! My only change was to not overdo the prep. Brown the bacon, browned the meat and then cooked the chopped vegis in a lttle of the reserved fat. Added all the seasonings, liquids and beans and it made it so much easier. Thanks so much for sharing!

Feb 15, 2011

This had a wonderful robust flavor. I only left out the brown sugar. Oh, and added extra garlic :)

Jan 06, 2011

Great Chili. I too was a little afraid of all the ingredients. I had to buy several of them. But it was a great bowl of chili. We make again. Going to freeze some and see how to taste later.


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  • Calories
  • 312 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 10.8 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 9.7 g
  • 39%
  • Protein
  • 20.3 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 679 mg
  • 27%

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

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