Mark's Firehouse Chili

Mark's Firehouse Chili

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"This recipe won the Blum invitational chili cook-off/Super Bowl® party. It really is good. Many people say this but this one guarantees an empty pot when taken to potlucks. I got this recipe from my friend Mark, who has spent his life in public safety positions. He hasn't forgotten his firehouse roots as evidenced by this recipe."


1 h 10 m servings 246 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 246 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 20.3g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 18.5 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 1058 mg
  • 42%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Cook and stir ground beef in a large soup pot over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Pour kidney beans, beef bouillon, plum tomatoes, tomato puree, beer, and Worcestershire sauce into beef. Stir in dry onion soup mix, red pepper flakes, dried chipotle pepper, cumin, thyme, and oregano.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer until thickened, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
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  1. 6 Ratings


First, I will say that I can see how this chili was the cook-off champ, it's really that good. I typically don't use a recipe for making chili, but I was a little intrigued by the lack of both ...

Thought this recipe was great and quickly put together with the follow changes. Replaced 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried chipotle pepper with 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper - because I'm not a fan o...

Mark's Firehouse Chili Haiku: "Beer was optional, I'm glad I didn't use it, wouldn't have been thick." Followed the recipe to a "T" other than not using the optional beer, only b/c the only kind...

Loved this chili! I'm making it my standard chili recipe now. I left out the beer(since I didn't have any) and the chipotle peppers. I added a handful of chopped onion. I also used a fresh garde...

It was very oregano-y, which to me is not a flavor I associate with chili.

I have never used beer in a chili before, but I thought it added a nice depth. I did use fresh tomatoes instead of canned and made it vegetarian by substituting Morningstar soy crumbles for the ...