Mulholland's Idaho Chili

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  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    1 h 50 m
  • Ready In

    2 h
KC Peacenik
Recipe by  KC Peacenik

“Many years ago, while visiting a friend in Idaho, we decided to make chili and wandered into the grocery store with a vague idea of what chili was supposed to have in it. Several slight adjustments later, this was the result and it has become a family standard.”

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  1. Sort and rinse beans, then place into a large pot along with the water, jalapeno peppers, garlic powder, cumin, and oregano. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and stir in the ground beef and onion. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir the beef into the simmering beans along with the salt, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Return to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, and allow to stand for a few minutes before serving.

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KC Peacenik

KC Peacenik

Thanks to everyone who has tried & reviewed the recipe! After several years I gave up on the site publishing it. I guess it takes 3-4 years after a recipe is submitted. I have an updated version on my profile page called Big Bird Chili which uses ground turkey -- 3# instead of 2#, and I've increased the amount of jalapenos since the ones available now aren't as hot as they used to be. One reviewer here used ground bison, and that would be excellent; I've used elk with fantastic results and any wild game would be superb as well. PS I wasn't going to rate my own recipe but the site requires it so I did... I like my turkey version better & no longer buy commercially raised beef so I'll give myself 4 stars, OK? :)



This was very good. Great combo of flavors. I didn't add as many peppers and it did not have the kick my husband was looking for- (if it is too hot the kids won't eat it.) We added hot sauce and it was good. I had to boil my beans about 40 minutes longer than stated but worth it. Used ground turkey too.

Mr. Whisk

Mr. Whisk

Makes for a hearty inexpensive meal. Substituted ground bison for ground beef (only needed 1.5 lbs as there is very little fat in the meat).

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Amount Per Serving (10 total)

  • Calories
  • 424 cal
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 11.8 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs
  • 47.9 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 31.7 g
  • 63%
  • Cholesterol
  • 57 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 827 mg
  • 33%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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