Rating: 4.34 stars
35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

Great chili recipe for a very large crowd. Cook it in a 6 gallon steam jacketed kettle or a huge pot on the stove.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
1 hr 30 mins
cook:
2 hrs 30 mins
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
100
Yield:
6 gallons
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Ingredients

100
Original recipe yields 100 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Wash and sort pinto beans. Bring 3 gallons of water to boil in a 6 gallon pot. Pour in beans, return to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Stir in salt and simmer until tender, 90 minutes. Drain and set aside.

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  • Brown beef with onions and garlic over medium high heat in same pot or enormous skillet. Combine meat mixture, tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, pepper and cooked beans in 6 gallon pot; stir; cover and simmer 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

300 calories; protein 24.6g; carbohydrates 23.7g; fat 11.9g; cholesterol 59.5mg; sodium 325.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (37)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
I made half this recipe for about 40 people. Got lots of compliments on it. However it wasn't spicy enough for my taste so I added Cayenne pepper. I'll definitely make it again! Read More
(118)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/16/2006
It was a good basis for a simple chili if you don't have a mix packet; however, it needs more uumph. We added salt, more chili powder and more onion. After that, it was pretty good. Read More
(72)
35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I made half this recipe for about 40 people. Got lots of compliments on it. However it wasn't spicy enough for my taste so I added Cayenne pepper. I'll definitely make it again! Read More
(118)
Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2005
I scaled this recipe back considerably to make enough for 6-8 people and it was great. It freezes very well too- Read More
(76)
Rating: 3 stars
05/16/2006
It was a good basis for a simple chili if you don't have a mix packet; however, it needs more uumph. We added salt, more chili powder and more onion. After that, it was pretty good. Read More
(72)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2004
This is now going to be my permanent favorite(and only)chili recipe.It turned out exactly the way I hoped it would.Most of my family cleaned their bowls and asked for more.The little kids weren't to keen on it but they ate it.Next time I'll reduce the chili powder as they found it a bit spicy.The rest of my family agreed it was just perfect though.I made a few changes;I added some frozen corn and used navy beans instead of pinto beans as my family isn't crazy on the big ones.All in all a great recipe! Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2004
I added about some water to the mixture as the last ingredient since many had complained about it being too thick then let the chili simmer without a lid for until it was the perfect balance of soupy and thick. I thought it was perfect! Thank you! Read More
(30)
Rating: 1 stars
11/01/2004
My husband and I both agreed that this was one of the worst chili recipes we've ever tried. I followed the recipe as directed but WAY too thick and bitter. I even tried to "doctor" it up but it still was terribly bitter. Sorry! Read More
(29)
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Rating: 1 stars
04/03/2007
The beans turned out really hard...they weren't cooked enough and i followed all the directions. Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2004
I really liked this recipe. It was simple and VERY easy to make. If you're short on time you can also substitute the dry pinto beans for already prepared canned beans but I would wash and drain them first. I'd definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2003
One of the best chili recipes I've found in a long time! Read More
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