Massachusetts Straub Chili Recipe -
Massachusetts Straub Chili Recipe
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Massachusetts Straub Chili

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"This is one of the most filling and hearty chili recipes you could ever make."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 20 mins

    2 hrs 50 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Saute onions and bell pepper until tender. Add garlic, ground beef and stew meat and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, beef broth and kidney beans to the stockpot, cover and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 4 to 5 minutes then stir in the chili powder, Italian seasoning, salt and brown sugar. Simmer uncovered for about 2 hours, or until the chili thickens and beans are tender.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 11, 2003

Flavor was great. However, if using dry beans, make sure to soak them overnight before adding them or they will still be hard after you're done cooking (The recipe didn't say to do that). My husband raved about it - after I figured out that I needed to soak the beans first that is ;)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 10, 2014

This was good, although not terribly memorable as far as chilis go. Admittedly, I didn't add the stew beef (I used only ground beef) but I don't think that would have altered the flavor profile substantially, just the texture. I'd make it again, but I also plan to keep experimenting and searching.

Dec 24, 2004

We love this chili and have received rave reviews from friends and family. I substituted the kidney beans for pinto beans and added some cumin. This chili is very easy to make.

Jan 01, 2009

I want to say this is a really great recipe but I made alot of changes to it. First I used a lb of ground turkey in place of the 1/2 lb of ground beef. I also added a sizable amount of chili powder and cumin, left out the italian seasoning, and added a package of chili seasoning. I left out the beef broth, I think it would have made it too soupy. I also used canned kidney beans. With all of these alterations, the recipe was awesome, my fiance and I both loved it.

Feb 18, 2008

Very Good, Extremely Hardy. Did use canned beans instead of the dry. Would make again and just tweek to my families taste buds, Thank You

Nov 16, 2007

For me it took about 3 hours for the stewing steak to be melt-in-the-mouth tender. I also added way more fresh minced garlic. I don't recommend cooking it uncovered - mine was covered, and I still ended up having to add some tomato juice so it didn't dry out. Anyway, this is good stuff. Thanks, Shawn and Jeff!

Feb 10, 2010

I really enjoyed the flavor of this chili! It was mild enough the kids enjoyed it, but not bland. I did omit the pepper due to family preference. I think this will be my "go-to" chili recipe!

May 30, 2007

Wow.. This is one of the best chili recipe! :) My husband and I loved it. I couldn't find dried kidney beans, so, I used a can of kidney beans instead. It turned out to be very good. Thank you for sharing this recipe :)


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  • Calories
  • 311 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.2 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 12.8 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 10.3 g
  • 41%
  • Protein
  • 19.7 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 641 mg
  • 26%

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

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