This all-beef chili has a hearty 'smoked' flavor with deep, rich beef broth. No beans allowed! Serve with your favorite chili add-ins such as cheese, sour cream, onions or whatever else you like.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke slightly. Pour in the olive oil, and tip the pan to coat. Add beef cubes; cook and stir to brown on all sides. When the meat is pretty much browned, season with chili powder, oregano, paprika and pepper. Stir the beef to coat with all of the spices, and continue browning until spices become fragrant. Scrape all of the beef out of the pan, and into a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker.

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  • Pour the water into the skillet, and watch out! It will sizzle. Stir in the beef bouillon, and scrape all of the bits of beef and spice off of the bottom of the pan. When the bouillon is dissolved, and the bottom of the pan is clear, pour the liquid into the slow cooker. Mix the eggplant and tomato paste into the chili. Adjust the amount of liquid in the slow cooker if necessary by adding water until it is within 1/2 inch of the top.

  • Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours, or on High for 3 to 4 hours. Low heat is preferred if you have the time. Twenty minutes before serving, sift in the flour, and stir in along with the salt. Allow to cook until thickened. Serve with your favorite chili toppings.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

245.7 calories; 16.8 g protein; 14.2 g carbohydrates; 47 mg cholesterol; 798.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2007
okay i am an experienced cook. did anyone stop to think that the part of the recipe that says '1/4 CUP oregano' may have been a typo? it reads like a sound recipe if you only put in a reasonable amount of oregano. like 1/4 t or 1/4 T. i'm new to this site. nonetheless common sense should tell you something...just thought of something else..maybe they meant 1/4 cup FRESH oregano.that would make a tremendous difference. Read More
(15)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/13/2006
YUK! I did not like this chili at all! I just don't understand putting in the eggplant - it was mushy and added little to the overall taste. Also I found the smell of the cooking eggplant very unappealing which is probably another reason it was so unappetizing in the end. In all fairness my husband liked it but he is a sweetheart and will eat almost anything I make and say it s good. The kids absolutely refused to taste it and they are usually more adventuresome plus they like chili! I only tried this recipe because I had some stew beef I wanted to use in a different way. I have now learned my lesson and will never again make a recipe that has not been reviewed! Read More
(19)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2007
okay i am an experienced cook. did anyone stop to think that the part of the recipe that says '1/4 CUP oregano' may have been a typo? it reads like a sound recipe if you only put in a reasonable amount of oregano. like 1/4 t or 1/4 T. i'm new to this site. nonetheless common sense should tell you something...just thought of something else..maybe they meant 1/4 cup FRESH oregano.that would make a tremendous difference. Read More
(15)
Rating: 1 stars
03/13/2006
YUK! I did not like this chili at all! I just don't understand putting in the eggplant - it was mushy and added little to the overall taste. Also I found the smell of the cooking eggplant very unappealing which is probably another reason it was so unappetizing in the end. In all fairness my husband liked it but he is a sweetheart and will eat almost anything I make and say it s good. The kids absolutely refused to taste it and they are usually more adventuresome plus they like chili! I only tried this recipe because I had some stew beef I wanted to use in a different way. I have now learned my lesson and will never again make a recipe that has not been reviewed! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2007
okay i am an experienced cook. did anyone stop to think that the part of the recipe that says '1/4 CUP oregano' may have been a typo? it reads like a sound recipe if you only put in a reasonable amount of oregano. like 1/4 t or 1/4 T. i'm new to this site. nonetheless common sense should tell you something...just thought of something else..maybe they meant 1/4 cup FRESH oregano.that would make a tremendous difference. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2007
This was terrible! It's the only recipe I've gotten off the net so far that was bad! I even tried to add stuff to it when it was done to give it some substance but nothing worked. It's being fed to the dog now really bad! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2006
This recipe is a good base for using stew meat. Depends on what you're looking for. I was looking for this type of chili and this has a good flavor. I didn't add the eggplant either but the paprika and oregano give it a nice flavor. Had to add extra water because I chose to two cans of kidney beans. Very thick and meaty. Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2006
I had stew beef and eggplant so I thought I'd give it a try despite the poor review. If you can get past your expectations based on the name this is a workable dish. Not exactly chili but a chili-like stew as my husband put it (he would only give it two stars). I found the spices a little too strong despite using 2 lbs. beef and less chili powder and oregano than called for. Taste test before you add the final salt. Mine was very watery after 8 hours on low so I turned it on high and stirred a lot to get the eggplant to break down. I like the idea of adding eggplant to regular dishes. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/20/2006
would not make this again no one in the family care for it at all we only ate a bowl each and the rest went down the disposal I so wanted this to be good to I was looking forward to it all day... not the chilli for us i guess Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2007
I had to remodel this recipe quite a bit but we really liked it.First I salted and drained the eggplant and brushed it with olive oil broiled then chopped it. I added onion and green pepper to this dish and it wasn't spicey enough for us so I added cajun spices. V8 juice instead of water and some other changes. but it turned out great! thank you! Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
08/05/2007
If you have never had eggplant do not try this recipe. The eggplant overpowers the dish. If you substitute with something other than eggplant this would be an awesome recipe. Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2017
Don't know what it is but it ain't chili. More like a beef and eggplant stew. and there are errors in the portions of ingredients so just use some common sense. It wasn't bad but nothing I'll be making again anytime soon. Read More