Cook-Off Chili

Entertaining | October 28, 2014 | By

I have been making this chili for awhile now and like I said in my post Cook-Off Chili for Two, everyone always asks for the recipe, my family especially!  I get called or emailed several times when fall kicks in with family asking for the recipe when I’ve given it to them a dozen times!  They are always just tossing the email that had the recipe or lost the paper they wrote it down on so when I said I was starting a food blog, the first thing they all said was, PLEASE put that chili recipe up so I can just go to your site and get it whenever I want!  Hahaha!  That makes me laugh!  So…here it is!  I think I might actually miss getting those email requests and phone calls now! 

Cook Off Chili

This recipe serves 6-8, but you can easily double it if you’re hosting a party and need to feed a crowd, just use a big pot!  Chili is such an effortless way to entertain.  Put everything out and let everyone help themselves and put whatever they want on top.  Some topping options are shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped onion, chopped jalapeno, sliced ripe olives.  Serve it with tortilla chips or even rice or elbow macaroni noodles! 

Cook-Off Chili


Cook-Off Chili
Serves 6
Warm, comforting chili seasoned with the smoky flavors of cumin, spicy jalapenos and the malty flavor of beer!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
For the ground beef mixture
  1. 2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1/2 tsp chili powder
  3. 1/4 tsp gound cumin
For the chili
  1. 2 large onion, chopped
  2. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 jalapeno, minced
  4. 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  5. 2 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  6. 1 (15 oz) can Mexican-style chili beans, undrained
  7. 1 cup of water
  8. 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
  9. 1/2 cup of salsa (jalapeno if you can find it)
  10. 3 to 4 Tbsps chili powder
  11. 1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
  12. 1 (12 oz) beer
  13. 1 (2 1/2 oz) can sliced ripe olives, drained
  14. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  15. Salt and Pepper to taste
  16. Hot sauce to taste
  17. Shredded Cheddar cheese
  18. Sour cream
  19. Tortilla chips
  1. Cook ground beef, 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp cumin in a Dutch oven until meat is browned, stirring to crumble meat. Drain and set aside.
  2. Saute chopped onions, garlic, and jalapeno pepper in oil until tender.
  3. Add ground beef mixture.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce, chili beans, water, tomato paste, salsa, and 3 to 4 Tbsps chili powder.
  5. Cover and suimmer 20 minutes.
  6. Add kidney beans and next 5 ingredients, stirring well. Simmer 15 minutes or until ready to serve.
  7. Serve chili with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.
  1. You can double this for a crowd.
Adapted from 5-Star Recipes, Southern Living
Adapted from 5-Star Recipes, Southern Living
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