Karen's First Place Chili

Karen's First Place Chili

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h 15 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 30 m
Karen P
Recipe by  Karen P

“I won first place 3 times with this recipe, and gave the recipe to a friend and he won first place with it also.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Place the pork sausage, beef, and onion into a large skillet over medium heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is browned, about 15 minutes. Break the meat up into crumbles as it cooks. Drain off excess fat, then place the meat into a soup pot. Mix in the diced tomatoes with green peppers, chili beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, masa harina, cumin, salt, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Bring the chili to a simmer, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.

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This is a delicious recipe with several changes. We do not have the stomachs to be able to handle 9 tablespoons of chili powder! Three was all we could do! In addition, I used only about 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. I did use Ranch Style Pinto Beans with Jalapenos, though. And THEN I followed the rest of the recipe. We really did like it! I will definitely make it again. I need to--I have a boatload of masa harina to use up! Thank you, Karen. I salute you! I admire anyone who can use that much HEAT! :)

Pam Coleman

Pam Coleman

Karen, thanks for the recipe. I also won first place with this chili. How fun!! I did alter it just a little. I only put 7 tablesoons of chili powder and did not add extra salt. I thought the pork was salty enough. I also have tons of the Masa flour so will be making this chili agaiin!



Sooo Good... The only changes I made were only 3 tsp of chili powder and i add 1 tsp of brown sugar (brown sugar add a savory element).

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 365 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 21.4 g
  • 33%
  • Carbs
  • 24.5 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 23.1 g
  • 46%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 2172 mg
  • 87%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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