JRay's Chili


If you love heat, this chili is for you. I've taken a combination of a few of my favorite chili recipes and added my own personal touches to create a very flavorful, spicy chili. You can also sub dried basil and oregano for fresh, and bacon bits for crumbles; fresh is always a better flavor though. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes. Serve in bowls with Cheddar cheese and sour cream topping. Goes well with cornbread.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 ½ cups tomato sauce

  • 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (8 ounce) jar medium salsa

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped

  • ¼ cup chili seasoning mix

  • 3 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar


  1. Break ground beef into a large stock pot over medium-high heat; cook and stir until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain fat from the beef and return pot to heat.

  2. Stir tomato sauce, light red kidney beans, dark red kidney beans, salsa, celery, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, chili seasoning, bacon, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and sugar with the ground beef in the pot. Place a cover on the pot and cook the chili until the flavors have blended, at least 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

For less heat, remove the seeds from the jalapeno before chopping.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
12g Fat
22g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1248mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 22mg 112%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 544mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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