I threw this together on a cold day when I was itching for some chili. The spice measurements are approximate. I start out with 1/8 cup and go from there. It cooks up fast and gets better when stored in the fridge and reheated. Top with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if desired. Enjoy!

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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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  • In a large pot over medium heat, combine garlic, onion, habanero peppers, chili beans, kidney beans, black beans, diced tomatoes with green chiles, salsa, chili powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer.

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  • While soup is heating, cook beef in a large skillet over medium heat until brown. Drain excess fat, then stir beef into soup pot. Simmer, covered, until flavors are well blended, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

296.4 calories; 20.5 g protein; 28.4 g carbohydrates; 45.8 mg cholesterol; 1218 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (63)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2006
This was great! I made it in the crockpot yesterday with ground turkey. It was VERY hot. I was able to eat it but my boyfriend (who loves spicy food) was only able to eat a few bites. Two of the cans of tomatoes with green chilis I used were "extra hot" (with two "mild") which has made some of my other recipes really spicy but I think the habaneros are the reason. I think I will use half the amount of habaneros next time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2007
I really like the spiciness of this chili (I used all ingreds. but just two peppers) but the salt content is unbelievable! I was so surprised that not one other reviewer said anything about it. I can't eat much more than a couple of spoonfuls because it is unbelievably salty!!! I wish I hadn't put the taco seasoning in or the salsa. If I ever make this again I will definitely look for a healthy low salt salsa and find an alternative for the taco seasoning. I only used a half a pack. If you have hypertension your sodium intake should only be 1500 mg a day. One serving of this chili without any chips or anything else will be all you can have. If you don't then one an a half bowls will be your daily allowance for sodium. Read More
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76 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2006
This was great! I made it in the crockpot yesterday with ground turkey. It was VERY hot. I was able to eat it but my boyfriend (who loves spicy food) was only able to eat a few bites. Two of the cans of tomatoes with green chilis I used were "extra hot" (with two "mild") which has made some of my other recipes really spicy but I think the habaneros are the reason. I think I will use half the amount of habaneros next time. Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2005
I only used two of the peppers and substituted medium for hot salsa and it was great. Spicy but not over the top. I won my chili cook-off at work with more than twice the votes of the second place chili. I highly recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2002
While this chili is NOT for the faint of heart it is GREAT for those who want a quick spicy superb chili! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2003
This is the best meat chili I have ever tasted. It had a winning combination of hearty spicy and meaty. I also added some spicy Italian sausage(not on the recipe). If you're having a get-together where you need a large satisfying dish this is the one! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/03/2007
I really like the spiciness of this chili (I used all ingreds. but just two peppers) but the salt content is unbelievable! I was so surprised that not one other reviewer said anything about it. I can't eat much more than a couple of spoonfuls because it is unbelievably salty!!! I wish I hadn't put the taco seasoning in or the salsa. If I ever make this again I will definitely look for a healthy low salt salsa and find an alternative for the taco seasoning. I only used a half a pack. If you have hypertension your sodium intake should only be 1500 mg a day. One serving of this chili without any chips or anything else will be all you can have. If you don't then one an a half bowls will be your daily allowance for sodium. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2005
MY MOM HAD MADE CHILI THE NIGHT BEFORE AND WHEN SHE TASTED MY CHILI SHE DECIDED TO THROW HERS AWAY AND EAT MY LEFTOVERS...BUT THERE WASN'T LEFTOVERS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2004
not only is the best chili i have ever made this is the best chili i have ever tasted. this recipe was simple to follow and it was easy to increase/decrease ingredient amounts to my liking. this was a huge hit with my family and friends. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2007
Not only was it delicious but it was easy enough to make. Nice burn to it... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2005
This chili was GREAT! The only change I made to the recipe was I used cans of Extra Hot Rotel tomatoea. Thanks Read More
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