I won a chili cook-off with this recipe in Tennessee in 1996. My family and friends all love this chili. It is requested for all family get-togethers. Great dish for a chilly day. Serve with shredded cheese and crackers.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat; cook and stir onion and green bell pepper in hot oil until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Add sausage and ground beef to onion mixture; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.

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  • Mix pinto beans, diced tomatoes, water, chili powder, jalapeno pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt into sausage-beef mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until flavors have blended, about 1 hour.

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Cook's Note:

Ground turkey can be used in place of ground beef.

Nutrition Facts

242 calories; protein 14.8g 30% DV; carbohydrates 12.8g 4% DV; fat 14.3g 22% DV; cholesterol 43.6mg 15% DV; sodium 616.3mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2015
This was a nice change from my go-to chili recipe. It was quick to get together and didn't have an excessive amount of ingredients like some chili recipes do. For extra flavor I added 1/2 tsp. of cumin and used chili style diced tomatoes. I followed the "cooks notes" at the end of the recipe and used ground turkey instead of beef. Perfect for a cold wintry night! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2016
Not enough liquid. We added 12 oz. of beer and 11.5 oz. of tomato juice. Next time will cut back on the beer or maybe use some red wine instead. The flavor turned out wonderful but am wondering why there is such a little amount of liquid. I thought there might not be enough chili powder but the spices were just right. Made it a second time--not so good. Not making again. The best chili on this site is Boilermaker's but has so many ingredients we refrain from making it very often--great for Super Bowl. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2015
This was a nice change from my go-to chili recipe. It was quick to get together and didn't have an excessive amount of ingredients like some chili recipes do. For extra flavor I added 1/2 tsp. of cumin and used chili style diced tomatoes. I followed the "cooks notes" at the end of the recipe and used ground turkey instead of beef. Perfect for a cold wintry night! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2014
This was perfect for a chilly Fall evening. I followed the recipe as written but omitted the optional jalapeno pepper: the hot Italian sausage I used paired with the cayenne pepper gave it enough of a kick for us! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2015
Simple easy and delicious. I had only meant to make this once but it has been so popular I have been making it every week for three weeks. Even my 11 year old niece can't get enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2016
Great easy recipe. Added a little yellow red and orange peppers for color. Also added small can of petite diced tomatoes with jalapeno instead of adding jalapeno. Loved it!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2016
Not enough liquid. We added 12 oz. of beer and 11.5 oz. of tomato juice. Next time will cut back on the beer or maybe use some red wine instead. The flavor turned out wonderful but am wondering why there is such a little amount of liquid. I thought there might not be enough chili powder but the spices were just right. Made it a second time--not so good. Not making again. The best chili on this site is Boilermaker's but has so many ingredients we refrain from making it very often--great for Super Bowl. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2018
I won the chili contest in our small group with this recipe. I did had another tablespoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of red pepper. It was very good. This will be my go too recipe. Oh I also cooked t in a crockpot after browning the meat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2016
I added one can of pinto beans and one can of black bean and also a can of whole corn. Also I added another 15 oz. can of tomatoes. I can honestly say this is my new favorite of all time. I will be making this often and for my son...he will LOVE IT!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2019
I used mild Italian sausage and substituted 1 can of Kidney beans. I used a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes 2 cans of original Rotel and 2 ribs of chopped celery. Turned out great. Best chili ever. Will definitely make it again. Thanks for the great recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2015
Good chili! I didn't have any diced tomatoes on hand so I used 1 can of whole tomatoes and 1 can of tomato soup. I had to add extra spice to it so I added more chili powder garlic and cumin. Tastes good! Read More