Award Winning Chili

Award Winning Chili

343 Reviews 8 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    1 h 30 m
Recipe by  Jennifer

“This delicious chili took 2nd place at our local chili cook-off! Bet you can't eat just one bowl. If it is too thick, add water 1/4 cup at a time until you reach desired consistency. Even better tasting the second day!”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. In a large pot over medium-low heat, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, carrot, onion, celery, wine, pepper flakes, bell peppers and steak sauce.
  2. While tomato mixture is simmering, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels. Cook beef in bacon drippings until brown; drain. Stir chili seasoning into ground beef.
  3. Stir seasoned beef, cumin and bacon into tomato mixture. Continue to simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors are well blended.
  4. Stir in beans, cilantro and parsley. Heat through and serve.

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I made quite a few changes to this, and boy was it great! If I haven't mentioned an ingredient in this review, it is because I used what was in the original recipe. I used 2 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef (I had about 10 people to feed and I like it meaty and thick), so I doubled the chili mix, the kidney beans, steak sauce, green and red pepper, as well as red pepper flakes and cumin. Instead of stewed tomatoes, I used one big (32 oz?) can of organic fire roasted chopped tomatoes with the juice. I did NOT add carrots or celery. I added about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper, and about 5 tablespoons of fresh cilantro. Finally, I shook in some chili powder to taste. Of course I sprinkle this with freshly grated cheddar before serving and serve corn bread or muffins on the side.



I have made many a chili. All of which I have loved. However, my wife has loved none. This one however was loved by all. I made it last weekend and my wife wants it again this weekend. I used ground turkey (again, the wife) instead of beef. Also, skipped the bacon (wife). Did it a slow cooker for 10 hours. Excellent! If too mild, a couple of dashes of hotsauce (not for the wife) will do the trick. A definate keeper.



My husband LOVES chili and I have had a hard time finding a recipe that suited his picky taste. Well this one did it! He and I both really enjoy this chili. It does taste great re-heated. To make things quicker we use the Oscar Meyer real bacon bits found in the salad dressing aisle. It is peices of real chopped bacon in a vacuum sealed bag already cooked. I thought it may make a negative impact on the taste, but it really didn't. It cut down our cooking time and also the fat content. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!!!!!

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 373 cal
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 22.1 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs
  • 22.5 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 21.7 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 1169 mg
  • 47%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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