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The Best Chili Recipe Ever

Updated on January 12, 2016
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Thomas is an award-winning chef known for his barbecue and chili. In 1998, he was named 3rd best chef in Florida.

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My award-winning chili recipe.
My award-winning chili recipe.

Here is the recipe for the best chili you will ever eat. Yes, I know all of the arguments about whether chili have beans or not. But you know what I say: What does it matter?

This recipe, which I've won $500.00 for, does have beans, and I myself think that chili should have beans. Chili without beans should go on hot dogs. Though people in some parts of Texas would shoot you for trying to put beans in chili.

Chili with beans should be eaten with squares of good homemade cornbread and side dishes of sliced jalapeños, diced-up green onions, and plenty of your favorite cold beer to drink with it. Below is my recipe for the world's number-one chili, hands down. Make it and let me know what you think. Is it or is it not the best?

You Will Need:

  • 2 pounds of beef chuck roast cut into 1 inch-cubes. And no, do not trim away the fat. That goes in the pot.
  • 1 pound of ground chuck. Not "ground beef" but ground chuck.
  • 1 pound of boneless pork chops cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large purple sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large green bell peppers, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 6 jalapeños, diced up very fine
  • 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chilies
  • 1 (16-oz.) can red kidney beans
  • 1 (16-oz.) can white kidney beans
  • 2 (16-oz.) cans whole tomatoes
  • 2 (16-oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 4 (13-oz.) cans regular beef broth
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic (pre-minced garlic from a jar works great)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 4 bottles of Budweiser beer
  • 1 large can tomato paste

Directions

In a large skillet, brown and drain your beef and pork. Add your onions, jalapenos, peppers, and chiles. Cook until your onions and peppers are done and tender. Transfer the mixture from the skillet to a large stock pot and add in all your other ingredients but your beans and tomato paste. Cook over low to medium heat, keeping the chili just below a boil for 6-8 hours. In the last hour, you want to add in your beans and your tomato paste.

Serve your chili with squares of Mexican cornbread. Have bowls of chopped green onions (including the tops), jalapeños, sour cream, and Mexican cheese on the side, so people can add what they want to their bowls.

Enjoy. There is no better chili than this, especially if you take the time to make it right. Don't take shortcuts and don't add in anything else.

Chili With Less Fire

If you want a chili with less fire, then leave out half of the cayenne pepper or remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapenos. I don't think the original recipe has too much fire, but some people like even less fire, and that's how to do it.

Tips for Cooking for the Best Results

You will want to add all of your ingredients and cook your chili down for the best results. It really does need to cook just below a boil for 6-8 hours to produce the best chili. You can't cook this chili in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker and hope to get perfect chili. While you're cooking your chili, if you think it is getting too thick, taste it. If you like what you have, then remove it from the heat. If you actually think it's too thick, add beef broth a cup or so at a time. And, of course, if it's not yet thick enough, keep cooking.

And you have now made the best-tasting chili that you will ever eat. In fact, this is the recipe I have won multiple first place cash prizes for, including the $1,000 prize in the Green Cove Springs Chili Cook-Off. Many other people have won cook-offs with this recipe as well. When you make it, please let me know what you think by posting a comment below. Hope you have fun eating it. Also, if you wish, tell us your tips, hints, or questions below.

Looking for an Easier Recipe?

How about a authentic recipe for Texas Jail-House Chili? All of these Texas chili recipes have half of the ingredients of this one, and are still very tasty.

And I guarantee you that this is the best Mexican cornbread you will ever eat.
And I guarantee you that this is the best Mexican cornbread you will ever eat.

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (15-oz.) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (4-oz.) can green chile peppers, very well drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose plain flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 300°F and spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with a non-stick cooking oil.

In a large bowl, mix together all of your ingredients together very well. Pour your mixed ingredients into the baking dish and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean. This Mexican cornbread will be absolutely wonderful with the chili above. You will not find a better combination anywhere.

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      Stacie Henry 3 weeks ago

      Can I cook the chili a day before my event and then just reheat it and have it taste good?

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      Howard 2 years ago

      What's the serving size for this recipe? I would like to make this but there's no way I need that much. I need a recipe for more like 4 people

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      Thomas Byers 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

      http://bit.ly/1Hg6Hni If you want a less spicy chili try the recipe that I have there for everyone. It is called Double Cheese Chili and it is a wonderful chili recipe that you should try.

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      Adam 2 years ago

      I used your recipe for a friendly chili cook off and we found it to be too hot, even after I cut out 1 jalapeño, all of the seeds and used less cayenne pepper.

      I guess we can't handle our chili like they do in Texas! Other than that I thought it was delicious. If I made this again, I would use half the hot peppers and cayenne, and add more meat. 4 lbs seemed like a lot, but when I dug in, I felt it needed more!

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      Thomas Byers 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome. Thanks for the report and comment. It is appreciated.

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      Bromide 2 years ago

      I have just won second place at a chili cookoff with this recipe ( I lost due to bacon bits and better marketing ;) Thank you crazyhorseghost!

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      Thomas Byers 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Bud Light will work fine.

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      Annie 2 years ago

      I have made this chili several times and it is the best I've ever tasted. One question though....we now live in a dry county and have to drive 50 miles one way for beer. My husband has beer he bought for bread, but it is Bud Light. Can I use this instead of regular beer. I also have two bottles of Guinness beer so could I use half and half. If this is not recommended, we'll just have to drive to Tupelo, MS for regular beer. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic best ever chili recipe.

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      Thomas Byers 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes you can freeze it and it is wonderful when thawed.

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      k80 2 years ago

      Can you freeze this and it be just as good when reheated?

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      Nicole 2 years ago

      I am very interested in using this chili recipe in an upcoming chili cook off however we are only given 4 hours to have it completed... how important is it to have it simmering for 6-8 hours?

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      shelly tabor 3 years ago

      I used this recipe last year and all my family loved it cooking it again today it is the best chili ever .

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      The beer once cooked will have no effect at all. Look in the Asian Section of the Supermarket for Chili Sauce. Or ask at the service desk of the supermarket. They most likely have it. Heinz sells it in most supermarkets and grocery stores in a 12 oz bottle.

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      Katie 3 years ago

      Hello! I can't wait to make this chili tomorrow for some friends and a night of football! However, 2 of my friends are pregnant and I'm concerned whether the beer will have some sort of effector it will be ok for them to eat the chili. I want to use the beer just becauseni think it will bring great flavor but am not sure. Also, I couldn't find chili sauce, what can I use as a substitute?

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      Donna 3 years ago

      Have the chili cooking on the stove. We are iced in and I was out of cayenne pepper so I had to use crushed red pepper and only had ground sirloin and chili meat. Keeping my fingers crossed that it tastes as good as it smells! When we thaw out I plan a trip to the store to buy the correct ingredients and cook up another pot of chili!! Thank you for posting your recipe!

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      Meat Murderer 3 years ago

      I added some Venison from my last deer hunt, but to kept the original recipe....OUTSTANDING!

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks very much for your comment. It is truly the best chili I have ever made. I have won many prizes with this chili. It is so delicious.

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      CMcDaniel 3 years ago

      I made this for a company chili cook off and won 1st place! I made my chili late in the evening and let it cook overnight...the whole house smelled great. We prefer a less spicy chili so I cut the jalapeños to 3 and cut the cayenne in half. I did not have quite enough ground chuck so I added 1lb of homemade sausage. It worked out great. This is not an inexpensive dish, but it is absolutely worth it. Quality ingredients result in an incredible chili. Only chili I will make.

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes butter will work fine.

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      Parker1 3 years ago

      Can I substitute butter for the margarine in the cornbread recipe?

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Hope it turns out great for you.

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      Frank Driggers 3 years ago

      This recipe seems amazingly good. I'm cooking it right now for a chili cook-off tomorrow. I had to substitute a couple of things which I really didn't want to but I'm already into this chili for $40.00...I am glad to have found this recipe and hoping it is a hit a the chili cook-off. It smells delicious right now. So it is 2:00 a.m. and I have found the just below boiling point. Going to sleep on the couch and stir it throughtout the night.

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for the report. It is wonderful.

      http://hubpages.com/food/Texas-Green-Chili...

      Did you see the one above. Its wonderful.

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      Phil 3 years ago

      This is by far the best chili I have ever had and I love my chili!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe. I made it for a work contest last year and won 1st place! I am making it again for a group of people this weekend. I am going to try it with Guinness to see how the taste is. Hopefully it's spetacular. Thanks again!

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      pt3 3 years ago

      I'm making the chili now. It's been cooking for 3 hours & smells delicious. I followed the recipe exactly, although I was tempted to substitute tri tip for chuck roast. Can't wait to eat this with cornbread tomorrow.

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      Anica 3 years ago

      I made this for my in-laws this weekend and they raved about it. My FiL is a very picky eater and he praised the loudest. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

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      RB 3 years ago

      I won 6th place out of 32 chilis!!! The ones that beat me had a sweet, spiced flavor. I'm not a fan. Great recipe thanks !!!

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      jho82 3 years ago

      I just wanted to say Thank you so much for the wonderful chili recipe.... This story begins 1 year ago when I entered this chili into a contest and won 2nd place out of 13.... It was very very very spicy! This year, in the same contest I cut the recipe in half and used 1 jal and 1 tbsp cayenne and won 1st place beating 11 other chillies!!!! I was freaking out!!!! It was just a local chili contest but I did bring home a nice new crockpot!! I liked the idea of Keilbasa added so I fried some up the next morning, after letting my chili cook all night, and threw it in - it was perfect!! I will be using this recipe again for sure!! Thanks again! :)

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      RB 3 years ago

      Chili tastes great! I'm wondering if I cook more meat and add it will it be a different taste since it didn't cook with the sauces and beer for as long as the other meat?

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Taste it and see if you have what you want. Let me hear how it turns out. Thanks.

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      RB 3 years ago

      I've been cooking my chili for 4 hours, and it has reduced by almost half. Is this normal? Should I still cook it 2-3 more hours?

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Use half the amount of apple juice if you don't like the taste of beer. There is a little taste of beer left for some people.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago

      quick question.. can you taste the beer? because I hate beer. I'm really excited to try this recipe :)

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      The lid over the top of the pot about 2/3 covered while the chili is cooking.

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      JediJosh 4 years ago

      So by slightly covered you mean 3/4? Or a specified amount of time? Or leave it uncovered the entire time. Just want to perfect it....

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      You can keep it slightly covered while cooking. This chili needs to cook down. Its for that reason I would not cook it in a crock pot. You'll never get it to cook down in a crock pot or slow cooker. You can keep it warm in a crock pot or slow cooker after cooking it.

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      JediJosh 4 years ago

      Hi. I'm excited to try this recipe for a chili cook-off at work on 2/25. Would like to do a trial run this weekend. A few questions....

      1) Should I keep the stockpot covered the entire time while cooking?

      2) Is there any way to adapt this for a slow cooker?

      -And if not, when it is complete, can I keep it in a slow cooker

      through the day to keep it warn?

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      It is truly one of the best chili recipes ever.

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      Jodi 4 years ago

      I love this recipe! I have it on the stove now! Thanks for sharing!

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      MicheleC 4 years ago

      Hi there! First off, I've already snuck a little taste and YUM!!! I'm practicing now for a chili cook off for Super Bowl this coming Sunday! I don't eat pork, so I left out the chops. I followed most everything else on the recipe, used less jalapeño and less broth due to not using the pork. I've got about 2 more hours of stove top cast iron cooking to go. I'm worried that it's too liquidy. I have yet to add the final ingredients, beans and paste. Should I be worried at this point that I've messed something up?? Like I said, it tastes AMAZING, but I was hoping for a thicker consistency! Please let me know asap!! Love the recipe!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes you can.

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      daddy likey 4 years ago

      One more question I want to do a trail run can I cut recipe in half?

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      dadddddy 4 years ago

      K im in chili cook off saturday feb 9th

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Either way will work fine. Let me know how it turns out for you. Thanks.

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      daddy 4 years ago

      Can u use dry beand if u soak overnight? Or is canned better?

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      Denise Cook 4 years ago

      Thank you for the recipe!

      It was the best chile I ever had!

      Thank you very much!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Always rinse any canned beans well before adding them to a recipe

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      Mommy Likey 4 years ago

      do u drain or rinse ure beans?

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      You could use ground pork or well browned and drained pork breakfast sausage.

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      Carrie 4 years ago

      What can I use to substitute the boneless pork chops?

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      hdcld 4 years ago

      Wow! This is the best chile ever! I will be entering it into our local fest in a couple weeks. Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome. This has always been one of my favorite chili recipes. I appreciate your comment.

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      Tim 4 years ago

      Great chili I also won a chili cook off at my local bar in town thanks for the great recipe!!!!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I would start with 6 ounces and if it was not thick enough for you add 6 more.

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      Leslie I. 4 years ago

      Made the mexican cornbread the other week - RAVE reviews - and I mean RAVE!!! Looking forward to making the chili... I've read ALL of the comments and saw two different answers to the tomato paste - 6 and 12 ounces. How much do you use for a single batch?

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      Jason A. 4 years ago

      I doubt you'll get this in time, but how would you feel about adding a little bit of unsweetened cocoa to this recipe? I've done that with several of mine before and I think I am going to make this with about 1 tbls of cocoa and maybe some shavings of mexican semi sweet chocolate (they have cinimmon and sugar in it).

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      emmy20 4 years ago

      I just got this all assembled and I'm cooking it!! It smells delicious, wasn't too pricey to make. I saw this on pinterest and 516 people liked it,so I figured it must be good. Thanks for posting this recipe, ill update on how it turns out tonight!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Drain and rinse your beans always for the best results

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      Kim Burak 4 years ago

      Do you drain and rinse the beans or put them in straight from the can?

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them. It is a great recipe and every time I make it I end up with a great pot of chili. Thanks for your comment

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      Christine 4 years ago

      Hello! This is our favorite chili and truly the BEST chili I have ever eaten!

      I won a chili contest 2 years ago but lost a contest yesterday at work (I think they cheated) :)

      I really appreciate that you are so considerate in sharing your recipe with the world. Thank You!

      P.S. the cornbread is awesome...we are having the chili and cornbread for dinner shortly.

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes it works very well with apple cider.

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      susan 4 years ago

      I did go ahead and use apple cider, thank you!! It was delicious!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      No it does not have a beer taste. But use apple cider to be sure you can't taste it.

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      susan 4 years ago

      regarding the beer, my issue is I don't like the taste of it... so, does the chili have a beer taste to it?

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes its perfectly fine to do it that way. It will only improve the flavor.

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      kristi 4 years ago

      do you think it's ok to make this a day ahead and warm up before the cookoff? i was thinking it might give more time for the flavors to meld together?

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      matt 4 years ago

      blew the competition away

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      Crystal 4 years ago

      Thank you Tom for being so generous in sharing this amazing recipe!! I made it using the milder version (no seeds, 1/2 the cayenne). Huge hit with family and friends and I gave you the props. Well done my man! Well done!

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      kjrzeek1 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Can't wait to try this recipe!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      If you use canned beans wash them. If you use dry beans wash them. Use all your other liquids.

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      Jeff 4 years ago

      A couple quick questions. going to make this on a camp out for 20 or so people. a post from 5 weeks ago you said to use the juice with the beans but a post from 12 days ago you mention to wash and drain the beans? do I wash and still add the juice? Do I use the juice from the chilis and tomatoes? thanks for the receipe it looks great.

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      Janice Kelly 4 years ago

      I just made the Best Ever chili last night. Excellent! As crazy horses ghost says,prepare as directed and you will not be disappointed! It truly does take 6-8 hours but well worth it. Don't underestimate the prep time as well..lots of fine dicing involved..

      I also made the mexican cornbread....this too was excellent. I made it as directed....I saw all of the comments regarding the greasiness....I did not experience that at all.....

      All in all 2 thumbs up! 5 stars! whoop whoop!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Glad it worked out for you. It is a wonderful recipe for chili.

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      Christine 4 years ago

      Made it true to the recipe and won 3rd prize (out of 8 entries) at my company's 6th annual Chili-Off.

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I only wash and drain the kidney beans.

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      Matt 4 years ago

      Regarding these ingredients:

      1 Can 4 OZ. Chopped Green Chilies.

      1 Can 16 OZ. Red Kidney Beans

      1 Can 16 Oz. White Kidney Beans

      2 16 Oz. Cans Whole Tomatoes

      2 16 Oz. Cans Crushed Tomatoes

      Which if any should be drained before adding?

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      DeanaAce 4 years ago

      I can't believe SOOO many people have commented on this and made ! So cool I'm gonna make it tonight! Green cove Springs in jax Fl?? I grew up in jax and good friends ( like family) live in Magnolia point in green cove!!! Thanks so much!!!! :)

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks very much. It is one of the best chili's anyone will ever eat.

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      Elaine Poirier 4 years ago

      Well as promised 7 weeks ago, I made your chili and I won 1st place....thank you so much. It was a little costly because I made a double batch and I added a few more beans and chili powder to taste, but it worked and it was worth it.....just thought I'd let you know.

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      Jimirona 4 years ago

      Thanks for this recipe, I've been making it (with a few adjustments) for about a year now and enjoy the aroma it creates all day nearly as much as eating it at night. If I was in a Mexican Jailhouse I'd sure be happy if they fed me this chilli every day, man I wouldn't want to leave! And when I finally got out, I'd just go and make it anyway!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes you do add the juice.

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      Kevin 4 years ago

      Do you add the juice with the beans? Thanks

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I would go with a 12 ounce can or 2 six ounce cans.

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      kevin 4 years ago

      I'm good to go ,but still a little confused on the size of the can of tomato paste.Any help would be appreciated.

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      john7712 4 years ago

      I am now making this chili for a pitch-in tonight at work (we have a fellow worker leaving us). I've followed the recipe except for using only one tablespoon of cayenne pepper instead of three, and have added a few tablespoons of cocoa powder.

      To address questions concerning volume, qty, etc... I'm using a 22 quart stock pot and would say that it is about 40% full with all ingredients added including beans and tomato paste. So depending on how much you cook the chili down and how closely you follow the recipe - you should end up with roughly 8 to 10 quarts of chili.

      The smell of this stuff cooking is amazing. I've tasted a sample and have to say it has a complex but great chili taste. Much better than the boring chili I usually make using chili magic beans, diced tomatoes, and plain ground chuck.

      This is the first time I've ever cooked using beer, even though I don't drink. After doing a bit of research on the alcohol and whether it will cook off - I feel comfortable eating this chili and bringing it into work without it being an issue. Most of the sites I've found says that most of the alcohol is burned off or evaporated out of food that is simmered for about 2.5 hours (there is still a very small percentage of alcohol left in the food, and this percentage increases with shorter cook times and methods). Since this will cook for nearly 3 times that long, I don't think there will be much alcohol if any left in the chili.

      As far as heat goes - glad I only used one tablespoon of cayenne pepper since it does have a good kick to it with only 1/3 the amount of what the recipe calls for. I'll be sure to post an update telling of what my coworkers thought.

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      Elaine Poirier 4 years ago

      I have a Chili Cookoff on March 24th, I am going to make this one for sure. I made Turkey Chili, just made up the recipe while I was making it, used ground turkey and chicken and turkey sausages, it was amazing. I didn't win though, the wild game won 1st prize but a lot of people kept coming back. I bet I am going to win this year with your recipe. Thanks, I will post later to let u know. No real prizes, just for fun.

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      Liz & Wez 5 years ago

      We made the chili for a chili cook-off @ our favorite watering hole and Yea we won 1st place, yes it's a little pricy to made,a little time, but sure worth it.

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      Linda 5 years ago

      Made this today for a womens party tomorrow night. I halved the cayenne and jalapenos because not everybody likes spicy food. (also used apple cider instead of beer cuz some are gluten-intoleran). It is delicious and hubby and I think it tastes perfect heat-wise but we like spicy food. I am worried it may be too spicy for some people because some people just don't like hot-spicy foods. Anything I can do to it tomorrow to tone it down just a little when I am reheating it? Thanks so much - hope you read this during the day!!!!!!!

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      Digger03 5 years ago

      Thanks crazyhorsesghost for this recipe it just won me FIRST place at my Church Chilli Cook off. I followed it to a T and it tasted like no other chilli I have ever tasted! WTG and thanks again!

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      Nessman 5 years ago

      Hello! How much volume does this recipe make? I am entering a contest and need 5 gallons. Can I just multiply the recipe as needed? If so how many times would you suggest to meet my needs? Thanx!

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      tbone 5 years ago

      starting to make it now for super bowl party!

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome. I'm glad it turned out good for you. I'm currently making another great chili in the kitchen right now and will post that recipe soon.

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      laughingspirit 5 years ago

      We had a snow day so the chili cook-off was off. However, I did make chili last night in the crock pot and it was amazing. AMAZING. I don't even like chili in general, but I gave some to a neighbor and she just kept taking more out of the pot. I will easily finish this half-batch over the weekend.

      About the beans... I did everything as instructed (although I did add 3 minced chipotle peppers -- awesome), but instead of cooking in a stock pot, I put the mixture (minus the beans) into the crock pot on low overnight. I had it on high for about an hour until I was sure we wouldn't have school, then switched it to low. It cooked slowly for about 9 hours, and then I added in the beans. In another 4 hours I served it up and was so pleasantly surprised. In the end, it was a lot of work for one person to eat, but I will do it again as soon as the occasion arises. Very worth the time.

      The key ingredient-- the one that made me love it the most-- was the cubed chuck roast. It cooked to a wonderful consistency and texture, and by using this instead of all ground meat, I noticed very little grease floating in the pot. This was my first time making chili EVER, but I've eaten other peoples' chili and I don't like it when there's grease floating in the pot.

      Thanks for the recipe!

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for the comment. It is one of the best recipes for chili that you will ever eat.

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      five_tone 5 years ago

      I thought this recipe was very good. I make Super Bowl Chilli every year...there are never leftovers. I thought I would give this a go to see how it tasted...but I did it in 2 batches. I split the batch in half - one half I put in 2 cans of Budweiser - the other half I used 2 Cans of Guinness. One word...orgasmic. IT IS THAT GOOD! Gave it a nice full taste - no one could figure out the difference that tried it - but everyone (12 fat guys like me who love chilli) said the Guinness Batch was incredible. I did add a little more minced garlic to it as well...about 1/2 Tablespoon is all. I tell you right now - make a batch of the Guinness chilli - you will continue to win your prizes!

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      laughingspirit 5 years ago

      Okay, I don't have a stock pot so I'm going to make this in a crock pot (I know, not the preferred method) for a chili cook-off at work tomorrow. I am worried that cooking this for a long time on low heat will turn the beans to mush. Any suggestions?

      Kristie

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      Pam 5 years ago

      I think all I do is put the powder on the meat as I'm cookin it. But concerned bout how much pepper seed for 5 gals? Already got jalopenas going in and bell pepper too.. But, I didn't put the seeds from the jalos in it. I cut them and onions up tonight. Thx if u get this in time...or even if u dont lol.

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      Bob Novak 5 years ago

      WOW! This is good just as is! Thanks so much!

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      Rose 5 years ago

      LOL.... first time I ever made chili. Made your recipe and won a cook off that had 13 entries including two local chefs entries. So happy right now, thank you for your recipe.

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      Miss Betty 5 years ago

      Just wanted to let you know that I followed your recipe with very few changes, and won a chili cook-off tonight at a party in Broklyn, NY. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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      Chris 5 years ago

      Is there a certain brand of chili sauce you would recommend?

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      Carissa 5 years ago

      How do you think this would be if I added vegetable stock instead of beef and didn't add the meat but put more beans? I am a vegetarian but I really want to try this!

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      Matt 5 years ago

      Making this a second time . . . I let it simmer and freeze before serving, and it truly is perfect. I like hot and it was just enough for me, not overpowering, and those that did not like spice now do. He he

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      monica 5 years ago

      Would this chili recipe turn out the same if I add half of all the ingredients? I dont need to make such a huge amount.

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      You should be able to find beef broth or beef stock in the UK. You could use pork belly but I would only use at most eight ounces because of the fat.

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      phantassie 5 years ago

      hi from scotland here and want to try your chilli....couple of questions......beef broth what is the UK equivalent? Can you use pork belly slices instead of pork chops or is that too fatty?

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      Brandy 5 years ago

      You may have already answered this, but I didn't have time to read all your post. I'd really like to make your chili for dinner tonight but the recipe looks like I would have left overs for days since i'll only be feeding my bf and I. You mentioned that to get it just right you need not to skip out on any of the ingredients, so I was wondering if you could help me with breaking the recipe down to cook a smaller pot of chili? Thank you and I'm really excited to get cooking.

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      Nancy Wrobel 5 years ago from Clifton, New Jersey

      I won my Chili Challenge with your recipe yesterday!!! It was WONDERFUL!!! Thanks!!!

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I would think if you multiply it by 3 it should get you there.

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      k80allison 5 years ago

      To make seven gallons of this chili how many times do i multiply the recipe by?

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      theDungeys 5 years ago

      Wanted to impress my fiancé and make THE BEST chili he's ever had. Spent A LOT of time researching online recipe's and found yours! I went out and got ALL the ingredients and was happy to have found everything at ONE store!

      For me, it took TWO 6 quart pots... then after it cooked down I combined them both into one. I followed your advice and added all 4 cans of beer. Even though it appeared watery at first it really thickens up NICE!

      It is the BEST chili he AND I have ever had! He thought the heat was perfect! As for me, it was a little hot. I am going to try it again on Monday and want to leave out some of the heat. Would you decrease the Cayenne only, or some of the jalepenos too?

      Also, I noticed that someone else asked about the size of the can for "large can tomato paste" and you stated 6oz. But I used the larger can, 12oz instead and it was perfect.

      THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your recipe with others! I will be making it many more times!

      P.S. I cooked it for the whole 8 hours, it was PERFECT!!!

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      If you want less fire in your chili cut down on the cayenne or leave it out all together but I bet it won't taste nearly as good with out the cayenne in it.

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      Bob Kann 5 years ago

      I used your recipe last year and won the first ever "Briarwood Neighborhood" (Chesapeake, Va.) People's Choice Championship. Everyone loved it including the cornbread.

      Thanks,

      Bob

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I have made it with venison and it turned out great. I have also made it with elk, alligator, and bison. All of those turned out great too. I particularly liked the alligator. I ground it myself and the people who ate the chili made from it said it was the best they had ever had.

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      Marie 5 years ago

      My husband got a deer this year in the hunt and I was wondering if anyone has ever made this with venison? How did it turn out?

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      Oklahoma Kitchen 5 years ago

      Just discovered your recipe today. Immediately went to the store for all ingredients. I've had a ball putting this together. Still in the middle a Work In Progress. Will post with the end results. As many others have posted, I read many recipes before electing to give yours the Big Try. Many Thanks

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      maria 5 years ago

      Crazy, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading nearly every comment! :) Last night I went to ask.com and searched under best chili ever recipes. The initial ones I looked at didn't impress me. I came to yours and began shopping with your ingredients list as I was actually at the grocery store searching the recipes. I am soooooo excited about making this come the weekend!!!!! I really appreciated all the comments and responses to questions which I had on my mind as well. Now Im ready! Crazy, the only additional thing Im doing is adding ground veal.

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      Jen 5 years ago

      wow, i have got to make this chili after all the great feedback. Hopefully next week i can. Do you ever post any recipes on you tube??

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      Kristin 5 years ago

      I made it for a church chili cook off and didn't win anything (there were 22 entries), but I still got good feedback. I've never made a chili w/ all these different meats, but it was good. I only put in 2 beers and it was very liquidy. I like it fairly thick, so glad I didn't put in 4 beers! Next time, I might try it with the apple cider instead. I also halved the amt. of jalapenos and cayenne since I had kids eating it. It was still a little spicy, but tolerable.

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      Kristin 5 years ago

      This was great!

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      Slapie 5 years ago

      My version of this - tri beef tips along with sausage, take all veggies / meet and grill them while sauteeing the beef, garlic and other ingredients. Added a bit of chocolate as well. this made it the best chili on out there.

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      Sherry Quisenberry 5 years ago

      I have read all the above post that other people have left - and you have gotten wonderful reviews- but i do have a question

      have you ever tried making the chili and serving the chili in an actual pumpkin? of course i would clean it out and cook the pumpkin first == your thoughts and opinion is greatly appreciated

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      Italian girl 5 years ago

      I must say I'm not a fan of chili to begin with but my husband loves it so I try to make him happy every once in a while.....I could definitely say that this by far is the best chili that we both have ever tasted !!!! And for the cornbread it was amazing!!!!!! Love it thank you!!!!

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      Rex 5 years ago

      SO good i actually added liquid smoke as well

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      Christina 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this recipe! I'm trying to impress my new boyfriend and I think this will do the trick!

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      mjh 5 years ago

      How many people does this recipe make for?

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Leave your lid open slightly to allow the extra liquid to cook off. It really shouldn't matter when you put the tomato paste in.

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      Bruce 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe, cooking it tonight.

      I added the tomato past with all the ingredients at the start, will that affect it even thought you said put it in the last hour of cooking? Also with the lid on the stock pot, there is a lot of condensation/water in the pot. Will this cook off with the lid on? Can I cook it without the lid?

      Thanks,

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      chris 5 years ago

      thanks a bunch for the recipe! it won me a $585 value weekend vacation in a chili cookoff! absolutely amazing recipe!

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      Geoff Richardson 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this recipe. I'm going to give it a go with friends and lots of beer lol.

      I have had to adapt some of the ingredients as we struggle to get some of them on the other side of the Atlantic.

      I really want to have a go at the Corn bread as I've never had it..... The trouble is I have no idea what some of the ingredients are...

      Still I will do my best. A big, big thank you from the UK

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      Bill Birdsall 5 years ago

      Cooked the chili and corn bread on a Sunday. I took the chili to work on Tuesday and the office went nuts. Best chili ever.

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      Ben 5 years ago

      The amount of alcohol will reduce the longer you cook but it never fully cooks out or evaporates. That's a long standing myth that won't seem to go away.

      So for those of you how have allergies or addiction issues use apple cider like the author suggested.

      I used cider and this was the best chili I ever ate.

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes you can make it with out beer. Its up there somewhere I think. Use Ginger Ale or Apple Cider instead. I hope you know that alcohol cooks completely out of the chili while it is cooking. You could even use beer with no alcohol. I have made it with apple cider and it turns out wonderful.

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      RIch 5 years ago

      I don't do alcohol or beer. Can i do this chilli without???

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      jmydub27 5 years ago

      Glad I had a second crock on hand... Even with just 2 beers and three cans broth I had just about filled the crock so I made sure it was evenly mixed and split what I had into a second crock... Kept same amt meat but evenly divided and added a bit more of the spices... Used a small can of Tom paste in each and really kept to the recipe otherwise... Crocks on high for 4 hrs (started them 9pm) then on low till morn then on warm all day they thickened nicely and after eating some I combined into one... Rave reviews!!

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Brown all your meat all the way through until there is no pink but at the same time don't overcook the meat. You don't want it to burn.

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      Jami M. 5 years ago

      I am making this awesome looking recipe this Saturday for a Chili Cook-off..when browning the meats with the vegetable oil, do I need to brown the chuck roast, ground chuck and pork chops all the way through, til there is no more pink? Or am I just supposed to brown the ground chuck all the way through? Was unsure....

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      Johnny K 5 years ago

      Of the thirty or forty comments I read I noticed a few were reluctant to use beer. Some said it was the alcohol but you did answer that with "it will burn off" however If anyone didn't want to use the beer because of a gluten allergy (or celiac disease) there a few gluten-free beers on the market. We use "Redbridge" and it's made by Anheuser Bush. The other one is called "Bard" (unknown manufacturer). You may have already answered question, if so disregard. I will now try your recipe, using Redbridge and let you know the results.

      John

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      You can add the tom paste and beans at the start and it should work out perfect for you.

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      jmydub27 5 years ago

      Going to give it a whirl - any idea if I should wait to add beans/tom. paste??

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      You can try it in a crock pot but I am not sure how it will turn out. You may be okay if you brown your meat before you put it into the crock pot. Let me know how it turns out for you.

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      jmydub27 5 years ago

      Please excuse my questions if they are answered in the above messages but I wanted to get your thoughts on attempting this recipe in a crock pot (large crock). WHen I cook chili I usually brown meat first, add everything to crock the night before I would eat it so basically 15-20 hrs of slow cooking (has led to excellent consistency and final product in the past) - i'm concerned about the amount of liquid too. Also, i've never tried a meat combo like you suggest, but i will brown the cubed chuck, brown the ground chuck and as far as the boneless pork chops: they are to be cubed also yes?(edit: i see they are to be above) Looking forward to football and chili!

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      Piffka 5 years ago from Seattle

      Hi! This is a follow-up from two months ago. Sad to report that I didn't win the chili-cookoff though IMHO mine (yours) was the best chili ever. EVER! Those other chilis didn't have any heat... were more like stew and the judges were (wimpy) amateurs. I did get a prize for hottest chili.

      It was my second batch... I followed the recipe more closely this time. It was absolutely delicious, hot but not too hot, deliciously tender meat. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I've got quite a lot left in my freezer (like gold) and when that's gone I will be making this delicious chili again.

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      Elizabeth Paschall 5 years ago

      I made the chilli as I said in previous post I was concerned about the heat. I made it exactly by the recipe except I only put 1 tablespoon of cayenne instead of three. I could have eaten it a little hotter but the group I made it for was happy with it as it was. I thought it was a little sweet. Would that come from the beer? I am thinking of leaving the beer out next time. I hate the taste/flavor of beer. The cornbread was great! I cooked it for 8 hours at a simmer with the lid off. The total quanitiy was 40 heaping standard soup ladles (approx 1/2 cup) I made two ladles (1 cup) a serving, some people ate 2 servings i.e. 4 ladles or 2 cups.

      This was one of the best homemade chilli recipes that I have made.

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      Jen 5 years ago

      Last year, I won our faculty chili cook off and this year I am defending the title. I let everyone know that this is the website where I found the recipe.. so there's no secret!

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      chucky B 5 years ago

      Awesome! :D

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Two pound cut into small pieces will work perfect.

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      Nikki F. 5 years ago

      I am making this chili for a chili cookoff this weekend! I am super excited! If i decide to add kielbasa to it, how much would you say i should add? Thanks!!

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Made exactly by the recipe it is to me a 5 on the hot scale. But leave some of the fire out if you wish.

      You can add brown sugar if you wish but there is no real way to tell you how many it will feed. The size of the bowl or serving will determine this.

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      JH 5 years ago

      Could I add brown sugar, how may people does it feed?

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      Elizabeth Paschall 5 years ago

      I am making this for a large crowd. I am concerned about how hot it will be. Made exactly as the recipe states, without the jalapeno seeds, on a scale of 1 - 10, how would you rate it?

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      Arlene Jackson 5 years ago

      I now love chili! Won 2nd place at the fair. Next year I

      will use 2 jalapenos with seeds removed and 1 T of cayenne pepper instead of 3. When it's done I can put more hot stuff in if it's needed. It wasn't too hot for me and I don't even like spicy food, those judges must have been a bunch of wusses. Thank you so much for the chili and cornbread recipe. I won't make anything but this! It is well worth the effort and time.

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I hope you like it. I think it is one of the best chili recipes ever.

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      MaconFireman 5 years ago

      Wow, I've spent the last hour going through the 2 years of posting about your chili recipe. I've been searching for a recipe to try for the upcoming town chili cook-off. Looks like the search is over. I'm going to make a batch this weekend for our fire department to try before entering it in the cook-off. I will post the outcome... wish me luck! :o)

      PS... I'm making the cornbread too.

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      Zobella 5 years ago

      Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I followed your recipe exactly, with the only exception being I used 1/2 the cayenne (we're kinda wimpy). I won the Judges' Award and Peoples' Choice Award at our annual chili cook-off...it really was the tastiest chili I've ever had! The cornbread was a huge hit too. Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Not sure of the calories. If you are concerned try to serve and eat smaller servings. I wish I could tell you the calories but I really have no ideal.

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      Jason 5 years ago

      I want to make your chili but how many calories per serving is there?

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      Vicki L Hodges 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      wow, this looks like an incredible recipe! I LOVE chili adn will try this recipe. If I half it, I guess it will still turn out okay. It's such a huge amount. My mouth waters thinking of it. I have looked at three of your recipe hubs, and I'm going to continue to follow you just for your recipes if nothing else. Another awesome hub--voted up!

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      Shannon 5 years ago

      I accidentally bought diced tomatoes instead of whole and they were out of crushed tomatoes so i added another can of diced tomatoes with green chiles that I had in the pantry....do you think it will still work out alright. I followed the rest of the recipe to a tee. Thanks~

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      Piffka 5 years ago from Seattle

      I'm trying out recipes for a chili cook off later this month after not winning last year... and in truth, my old recipe was good but not great. I followed this recipe almost exactly... except when buying the meat, I skipped the ground chuck as I thought I had some at home. I didn't and somehow ended up buying 3# beef and 2# of pork. I cut the meat into 1/2 inch cubes as one-inch cubes seemed too big. In all the confusion, I got rattled and sipped some of the beer, so it didn't all get into the mix either.

      I braised it in my electric oven in two big pans as I didn't want to leave the gas stove on all day. The chili turned out absolutely great and was very well-received by all who were lucky enough to try it. BIG THANKS & Wish me luck!

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      Louise 5 years ago

      Great recipes! Chili was outstanding and the cornbread really is the best. Both recipes were made exactly following your instructions and ingredients except I was never able to find the canned chilis (tried 4 grocery stores) but I think in my case it was a good thing cuz it was burning hot without them! My jalapenos musta been bigger or something! :oP

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      Jason 5 years ago

      I've made this probably 8 times over the past 2 years....simply amazing. Only change I made was using Sam Adams over Bud. Thanks for sharing!!!

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      frazlkat 5 years ago

      This was amazing. I did omit the cayenne because I didn't have any..... but I won $50.00 for first place in a chili cook-off at our Scottish Club Gathering. Thanks for the recipe. Would have never thought to use pork.

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      doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

      Sounds like some good chili, minus the beans for me though. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Michael 5 years ago

      Im going to try this,but I'm going to add Dorset Naga chillies for that extra heat that I love

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      Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Would like to try it made with the moose. I bet it was great. Thanks everyone for all the great comments.

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      ty 5 years ago

      awesome, used some moose sirloin instead of pork chops and it was amazing. will make this again come nhl playoffs.

      thanks for this!!

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      SJerZGirl 5 years ago

      Holy ****!!!! That's a LOT of chili!! But, DANG it looks good!!

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      priscilla 6 years ago

      I like the idea of using dried beans and will soak them in advance as you suggested. Do I need to adjust quantities of the dried beans and/or liquid ingredients (as compared to the amount of canned beans called for in the recipe)? Thanks!

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      awesome1 6 years ago

      Should you ccontinuosly stir the Chili?

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      awesome1 6 years ago

      Was really good won 1st in chili cook Off!

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      Paula 6 years ago

      entering a chili contest at work. I have never made chili and this one sounds really good. Thanks for posting it. We'll see..

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      mary 6 years ago

      i ended up adding some cocoa powder and peanut butter (because i thought i may have burned it) and tied for first place at my work chili cook off!

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      Billy 6 years ago

      In process of making this chili now.should be ready just before Super Bowl. Go steelers. Will let you know how it is. Im thinking anything that cooks this long has to be awesome.

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      mary 6 years ago

      i'm currently making a pot right now for a chili cook off at work tomorrow. quick question: i used bud light as i didn't have budweiser on hand, and the chili tastes strongly of beer. i am about 3.5 hours in, will it tone down or did i ruin it because of the bud light? thanks!

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      Brian 6 years ago

      I'm really excited about making this recipe. I'm going to double it and can everything so I can eat at my leisure. Thanks for posting!

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      Naples Regular 6 years ago

      Chef Byers, I see no mention of Masa in your recipe. So many others call for this. Thoughts? Trying your recipe this weekend, making it Sat and serving it Sunday. Thanks!

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      joAnne Haig 6 years ago

      Hi, the recipe looks awesome. Is the beer a must?? I am sure that it contrubutes to the flavour but we have wheat intolerance issues. Do you have a suggestion for a substitute?

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      JH 6 years ago

      Thank you so much. I'm making for tomorrow. Really appreciate the response!

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Some people like to use less sugar. My family and friends like the sweetness. Cut it if you want a less sweet taste. And no there is no milk.

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      JH 6 years ago

      Thomas, a quick question on the cornbread. Are you certain it's one cup of sugar and are you certain there is no milk in the recipe? I guess I have never seen a recipe without either milk/buttermilk. Please advise ASAP. I'm serving this tomorrow.........if it turns out.

      Thank you!

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      RD 6 years ago

      How many does this recipe serve and what size servings

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      aaa 6 years ago

      what a blessing. to have a try at this chilli...

      I will be trying this tonight, but i do not eat pig... so will not b using the pchops... i will let you know how i do

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      James M 6 years ago

      I was wondering if you could make this on a crockpot?

      What do you think?

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      Cory 6 years ago

      I'm pretty sensitive to heat- is this a spicy chili recipe or mild?

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      Tracy 6 years ago

      How large of stock pot if I'm doubling your recipe would you think? Will it need to cook for more than 6-8 hours if I'm doubling it? Do you have any other suggestions on the doubling of it? Sorry, I do little cooking.

      Thanks for sharing!!

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      Katie 6 years ago

      Hi! I do not have a crockpot and was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to cook for 6-8 hrs? I'm throwing dinner together last minute fr some friends and thought chilli would e a great idea whoever I only have 3-4 hrs until they would arrive! Please let me know!

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      All I can say is up, awesome, share button and cook. I can't wait to make this. Thanks so much

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      Miranda  6 years ago

      You are correct. I made this recipe and entered a Chili Cook off yesterday and it won, by a landslide. We thoroughly enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for posting.

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      http://hubpages.com/@crazyhorsesghost

      Just check my profile above for all kinds of great recipes.

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      BL 6 years ago

      I am told that I am a great cook but I am always looking for new ideas. This chili

      sounds so great, I am wondering if you have any other go to delicious recipes??

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I love the sound of this and I just told my wife that I wanted a nice chili soon. This has lots of great ideas. Thanks.

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Angie yes invest in a stock pot. It is good but will never cook down right in a crock pot. You can really adjust the heat how you want it. I like it hot but when I make it for a cook off I do a milder chili unless a hot chili is requested.

      If I use dry beans which I like to do I soak my beans over night in water with a tablespoon of baking soda added to the water. I wash the beans off before I add them to the chili and cook it.

      A little to much chili sauce is not going to ruin it.

      Thanks to both of you for your comments. They are appreciated.

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      Phillip Anderson 6 years ago

      Thank you for such a unique recipe. I have it cooking down now, all went great but I put in 4oz too much chili sauce.

      I grow my own beef, pork, tomatoes, green chilies, Jalapenos, and onions. For next time, how would you prepare dried beans for this recipe?

      Thank you

      Phillip Anderson

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      Angie 6 years ago

      P.S. - I WILL be investing in a stock pot before making it for the chili cook off!

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      Angie 6 years ago

      I ran into problems right off the bat (of my own making). I didn't have a stock pot so I divided it up into 2 crock pots and cooked it that way. It was a little thin, but tasted DELICIOUS! I'm sure if I had cooked it longer, it would have cooked some of the liquid down but I kept nibbling as it was cooking and couldn't take it anymore! When we ate it again on Sunday, it had thickened up a bit somehow and was just as delicious. I plan to do the recipe for a chili cookoff on 11/11. It was the perfect amount of heat for my husband and I. I seeded and de-veined all of the jalapenos except for one. Thanks again for sharing the recipe - I think you've given me a winner - I guarantee that everyone else will be buying the 2-Alarm Chili Kit from Walmart and submitting it. I'll let you know how I do!

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I am glad the recipe worked out for you. Its a great recipe and the important thing to remember when you make this chili recipe is to cook your chili slow over a several hour period of time so that your chili cooks down and thickens. That is the important thing.

      If you leave the seeds in the peppers your chili will be hot. If you take the seeds out and wash your peppers before you add it to the chili then your chili will not be as hot.

      The corn bread recipe above goes with this chili perfectly. Place a square of the corn bread in a bowl and put a big ladle of chili over it.

      Offer sour cream , guacamole , and shredded Mexican cheese on the side. People will love it with their chili and corn bread. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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      MANNY 6 years ago

      WELL CRAZYHOOURSE I HAVE TO SAY YOU TRULY THIS IS THE BEST CHILI I EVER ate.. went to the butcher yesterday got all the meat and started cooking it throight the nite. my wife is not a big chili eaer but she just admitted it that she loves it. thank you for the recipe.. its truly wonderful.. hello and goodbye from nyc..manny and kim

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      If you want it hot leave the seeds in. If you want it less hot take the seeds out.

      It does not really matter when you put the tomato paste in as long as you cook your chili down. The longer you cook your chili down the better it will be.

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      BL 6 years ago

      Maybe everyone said that it was so hot because in the recipe you didn't write if you

      pull out the seeds from the jalapeno? Curious because I want to make it but can't have it to hot.

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      DT 6 years ago

      Hey CrazyHorse how hot is this? Making for a big party tomorrow and my wife is concern it will be too hot for the little ones? I want a kick but not burning hot.

      Thanks.

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      Okay!!! Just got Handed the First Place Award for Best Chili! There were like 15 different Entries and Mine was the best. I did have to tone down the spice being that when I first tasted it my lips were on fire. I added a can of Diced Fire Tomatoes and some heaping teasopons of Cocoa. I also added extra beans because it seemed a little watery to me. It was a HIT! Thank you for this Recipe. Oh, btw I also made the Cornbread to. That was a huge success. I totally forgot to put the cheese in, but it was still very yummy. (nothing healthy about it though lol) Thanks Again, cant wait to make it for every chili cook off thrown my way!

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      Big D 6 years ago

      Crazy...Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and a huge pat on the back for continuing to come on here and answer questions. I think you have done a wonderful job of providing "alternative" options (such as substituting Ginger Ale for the beer). Having used beer in my chili for years, I agree with you that the alcohol cooks off, leaving the a great flavor enhancer. Thanks again for the recipe and your advice.

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      OMG... So excited to Make this.. I have a chili Cookoff this weekend... Going to make one pot for me and My Bf will take one to his work. Should have some Feedback for you in a couple of days. Someone asked earlier if mid-spice people will like this..( like me lol) or is this make your nose run and grab a glass of water kind of chili... (to me thats no fun) My BF will love that and the boys at his work, but not so much for me. Is there a way to tone down the spice? Thanks so much for all the constant feedback, I took TONS of notes lol.

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      Angie 6 years ago

      I am going to do a trial run of this recipe this weekend and just by viewing the positive reviews I'm sure I'll be making it on 11/11 for my son's football team's "Chili Bowl Cook-off to the Playoffs" where the football players will be the judges. Can't wait and will let you know how I do!

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      Winter 6 years ago

      Awesome recipe! When it said - add everything but the beans I did! Tomato paste went in. Will it mess the chili up since its in the beginning and not at the last hour?

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes that's when you use the vegetable oil. Yes I drain off the fat.

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      steve 6 years ago

      When I brown the meat, Is that when the 3 TBL spoons of vegetable oil come into play? Do you really drain off all the yummy fat? Thanks!

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      CJ,NC 6 years ago

      Thomas, I made this chili for our hospital United Way fundraiser Chili cook-off, and, it took best chili trophy. It will be proudly displayed in my husbands department office...I too added 2 heaping teaspoonfulls of regular cocoa powder...It turned out amazing! Thank You for sharing this recipe...8)

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      Thackermtn 6 years ago

      Made it for a chili cookoff at a friend's. Won spiciest chili prize & soooo many people commented on the awesome flavor. Added a touch of cocoa powder. It was bitchin chili for sure

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      The chili can be frozen fine for a month. If you use canned whole tomatoes I suggest crushing them up very well with your hands. You should then have no problems with the little red buoys.

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      Vic 6 years ago

      Can this chili be frozen for a week?

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      Charlie 6 years ago

      Well thanks to this recipe I won our chili cook off and got the 125$ detail for my car!! WOOHOO!!

      My only suggestion would be to not use whole tomatoes as they did not fall apart. Kind of looked like little red boueys floating around.

      But all in all a GREAT WINNING Recipe! :)

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      Charlie 6 years ago

      Am cooking this recipe tonight for a Chili cook off at work tomorrow....Keeping my fingers crossed that it works out and I win the 125$ free car detailing. My Jag could really use it :)

      Thanks for the unique and delicious sounding recipe!

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      Billi 6 years ago

      I cant wait for this weekend as i am going to enter this recipe in our chili cook off!!! im so glad you posted it, IT SOUNDS AMAZING!!! I going to put the corn bread with it too.! Thanks again and wish me luck!

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      LindaRe 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes! Your chili and Mexican corn bread both sound great!! I'm looking forward to trying your recipes and will let you know how I like them. Thanks again!!! :)

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes you can use the whole wheat flour and it should work fine for you.

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      Minifingers 6 years ago

      P.S ...Sorry i forgot to ask in my previous message, can i just use whole wheat flour instead of plain flour for the cornbread? These may be silly questions but I am only 22 and have no one to critic me lol! So I am just assuming like the butter issue it won't really make a difference, it's still all purpose flour:) Btw, thanks for having a site where I don't have to join and leave a whole bunch of my info, just to enjoy the recipes and conversation.

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      Scooter 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I haven't made this yet but plan to. What about substituting Italian or Hot sausage for the pork?

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Mike yes it will cook down. This is the main reason I do not make this chili in a crock pot as it does need to cook. I think if you will allow it to cook down that you will be awarded with a wonderful chili. Quite possibly the best chili you will ever eat.

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      It is one of the best recipes for chili that I have ever had. Glad it worked out for you. Thanks for your comment as it is appreciated.

      If you follow the recipe it makes the best chili that I have ever eaten. There is no better chili.

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      Terry 6 years ago

      Took this tonight for a chili cook off & came in FIRST PLACE! WON $$$$$$$$$$$$....Thanks for sharing. The comments I heard was that there was NO comparison to the other Chili's that were entered.

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      Mike 6 years ago

      I just started your recipe. I am making it for a lot of people so I doubled the ingredients. I just put everything in a large pot and it looks very "soupy" because of the 8 cans of beer. Will this evaporate as it cooks the 6-8 hours that you suggested?

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      SJerZGirl 6 years ago

      The cornbread I can live without, but chili is a necessity of life! Yours looks fantastic!

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      Terry 6 years ago

      I made this for tonights chili cook off....Have not tasted it yet....will let you know the out come. My only complaint is the cost $32.00 for one batch :(

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      Meg 6 years ago

      Just defrosted a few helpings of this chili that we originally made about two months ago. Freezes perfectly and the taste is still fantastic. Excellent recipe.

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      NoOneUKnow 6 years ago

      Since the alcohol burns off during cooking, the extra alcohol content of the Belgian biers is of no account. Also, the strong malt flavor might overpower the chili - see CookinMan's comment about using stout.

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      niblicksreach 6 years ago

      Have you ever made the chili with Belgian beer? Like a triple? I don't know if you have ever tasted Belgian beer but it is higher alcohol content and has a much more malty taste. My wife is Flemish and we stock a lot of Belgian beers like Chimay, Duvel, Hoeggarden, Leffe, Adriean Brouwer and Westmalle.

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      Jay 6 years ago

      Making it right now. Very excited to see the end results. I made the cornbread recipe as well.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      ALL RIGHT!!!@ I'm going to try this!!!

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      The taste of the cider is stronger. If I wanted less liquid I would use half the beer. It should not affect the end taste.

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      NoOneUKnow 6 years ago

      The liquid did mostly cook down, but it bubbled over in the crock pot - is there any specific reason for using 48 ounces of beer, yet only 8 ounces of cider as a substitute? Or 52 ounces of beef broth? Would it negatively impact the taste if I drain the crushed and whole tomatoes to save on liquid?

      I'd like it all to fit into a 7 quart crock pot without bubbling over.

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      Todd - VA 6 years ago

      Just got everything together and cooking. I only put 3 beers instead of 4. One more for me :)

      Can't wait to try this!!!

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      You can leave the beer out. If you do however I would add either a couple tablespoons apple cider vinegar or a 8 ounce glass of apple cider.

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      Ryan 6 years ago

      How big of a difference will it make if I don't use the beer?

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      Alexandra Beard 6 years ago

      I love this!

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      Dawn 6 years ago

      Sounds incredible!

      One thing, though.. I don't like pieces of tomato, I'd rather use tomato sauce instead. Would I use the same amount ounce-wise, or use a smaller amount of sauce?

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I usually cover pots of chili but its no hard and fast rule. Either way its going to turn out great.

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      Jenn 6 years ago

      Yes I'm also wondering about the covered/uncovered thing. I'm making it right now and I have it covered. Is that right?

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      TorontoCHILIguy 6 years ago

      Made your Chili for a Chili Cookoff and everyone loved it (spoon licking good!) but did not win first prize as everyone had to vote for a batch made by a birthday girl. But they kept coming back for mine and I had made so much they wouldn't let me take the leftovers home but had Chili a SECOND night in a row (I made a HUUUUUGE Batch). It was 90F all day and into the night. They had to turn the air conditioning off and open the windows. AND I couldn't find the chopped green chilies for that batch. NOW... found the chopped green chilies. How hot is THAT going to be? Going to cut down on the jalapenos and cayenne I think.

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      Jaimi 6 years ago

      Hello from Nova Scotia, Canada! I'm making this chili right now and it smells delicious. I'm wondering though if the tomatoes and broths can sizes are different in the USA vs Canada? I had to use a measuring cup for everything to see the ounces and none of my canned goods were the right size, so I had half, and quarter amounts left over.

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      SunShine 6 years ago

      This chili sounds awesome. Can't wait to make it. Liked the idea of using sausage instead of pork chops. Thought we'd use our favorite sausage which is a pork/venizon combo. Thanks for the receipe.

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      Tony 6 years ago

      Do you cook your chili covered or uncovered? Dynamite recipe by the way!

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      pete 7 years ago

      Wow Crazy. This is some FINE chili. Made it for a Super Bowl party and everyone loved it. Gave some leftovers to family and they said it was some of the best chili they ever had. Everything in it was perfect. We're going to try it again and roast some of the jalapenos and add some roasted chipotles as well. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for posting this recipe!!! Worth the time it takes to make it!

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      twyla 7 years ago

      I have never posted recipe feedback on the web, but I had to with this recipe...

      I am not crazy about chili, and I don't like beer, but this recipe has converted me into a chili lover!

      Thanks SO much for taking the time to share it!!

      Just some side notes I discovered:

      For people with onion allergies, try using leek, flavor still was incredible. Also, I used Heinz sweet pepper chili sauce, and it worked great too.

      It is a lot of work to make....but I will definitely do this one again and pass the recipe on to my family!

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Use a 6 oz can of tomato paste.

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      Kim 7 years ago

      Hello - I'm going to try your recipe and questioning the tomato paste. You state to use a large can...would that be 16 oz? Thank you.

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      Gomet 7 years ago

      MMMMMmmm Its Hot

      This one gets to my top try list ...

      Thanks for posting

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome. Yes the seasonings to me are perfect. Listen let me say this. People keep emailing me saying they can't use beer because of alcohol. When you cook the beer in the chili there is no alcohol left. It cooks away during the cooking process.

      The kielbasa if you slice it thin and brown it before adding it will be delicious in the chili. You do not have to put kielbasa in the chili though I do from time to time.

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      Cookin-man 7 years ago

      Crazy, I've made Chili with just about every meat you can find in a grocery store (except fish). Never did add kielbasa, which I love. But, it's not about the meat, it's about the mixture of seasonings, and yours are great.

      I've used beer before and it's amazing the difference in flavor a beer can make. Tried it once with Stout and won't do that again, but a Pilsner or an Ale work really well.

      Have you tried any of the recipes that call for the use of cocoa? I know that it is an ingredient in Mexican cooking, and after I make your recipe I'm going to try that.

      Thanks for keeping your recipe on line and keeping this post open.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      It will work in a crock pot but I would brown my meat before adding to a crock pot. You will need at least a 6 quart crock pot.

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      jackd 7 years ago

      Have you tried this in a crockpot? you don't mention the quantity it makes...will it fit in a 6 quart crockpot? Or,

      would you adjust the recipe for a crockpot?

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      It will work fine to freeze it. Just thaw in the refrigerator the night before you need it.

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      kara1028 7 years ago

      I am hoping to make this in advance. Have you had any experience with freezing and reheating?

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I just added the Kielbasa to the chili after I had sliced it thin and browned it in a skillet. And it was a huge hit.

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      BAM1623 7 years ago

      Did you just add the kielbasa as an extra meat or substitute it completely? Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! We are excited to try this recipes out this weekend:)

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Adam B thanks for your wonderful comments. Really enjoyed them. Thank You

      BAM1623 I have made it with Kielbasa and the guests loved it. In fact it was requested at a chili cook off that I make it with the Kielbasa which was a product of Kraft that was a sponsor of the Chili Cook Off. I could not win that chili cook off as I had won it the year before.

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      BAM1623 7 years ago

      Have you ever used Kielbasa with this recipe? Should I try it?

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      Adam B 7 years ago

      Alright, so I made the chilli and brought it to my work for a "Potluck" day. There was so much food at this pot luck that a lot of people didn't try it but the ones who did said they really liked it.

      So I had all this chilli left and decided I would put it in some containers and take it to some of my chilli loving friends and family.

      I took some to my mom and she called me later on in the night and told me it was delicious and she loved it.

      Then I went to rehearsal and gave a container to my partner in my acoutic band (www.myspace.com/twoperfectstrangers) and he called me 20 minutes later saying the following:

      "This is probably the best chilli I have ever had in my life." He was raving about the chilli saying it was perfect.

      I also enjoyed this very much and I thank you for the recipe. This is very labor intensive and time consuming so even though it is very deliciousso...I probably won't me making it very often.

      I did make some changes to the recipe and here is what I changed / did not include:

      I HATE with every fiber in my being...Garlic. I did not include the Garlic because the thought of it makes me gag.

      I only added one can of whole tomatoes (I only bought one and didn't feel like going back to the store for a second can.)

      I used 32 oz of Beef Broth

      I used 1 1/2 yellow sweet oniones (couldn't find any purple ones)

      I doubled up the kidney beans...I love beans.

      I used Miller Chill instead of Budweiser (thought the lime flavor would be good)

      Thought you would like the feedback.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Go ahead and make it with out if you have to.

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      bighank 7 years ago

      I'm making the chili right now but I couldn't find the chili sauce. Is that a show stopper or should I substitute something else?

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      Chris M 7 years ago

      How hot is the recipe? Our guests like mild to moderate temp.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes instead of 4 bottles of beer use either 8 ounces of gingerale or 8 ounces of apple juice. Either one will work.

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      Adam B 7 years ago

      Do I put all four bottle of beer in the pot? I read how you said you could substitute the beer with 8oz of Gingerale but 8oz is nowhere near 4 bottle of beer. I am going to make this next week and need to know for sure.

      Sounds great though!

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes the cubed beef in this chili recipe really makes it great. And thanks for your comment

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      this recipe sounds great, love cubed meat idea, I love chili and look forward to trying this out

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks Milo. It really is a great chili and congratulations on your win.

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      Milo 7 years ago

      We made your chile, I must say it is the best I have eaten. We took it to our church cook off and won the first prize for hottest chili. All had fun eating it. I have some left and will be eating it today. Thank you so much for sharing a great recipe. We have yet to try the corn bread. With the success we had with the chilie, I am sure the corn bread will be as good. Please understand that no money was gained in the experience but we did get a ribbon.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      It is a great recipe. Thanks

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      BookFlame 7 years ago

      No wonder your recipe is so darn good. You've got great ingredients. No skimping here! I'm saving it. It's the best one I've ever seen. Congrats!

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Amy you need to double the recipe

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      Amy 7 years ago

      How many people does this feed? Going to make it today but need to feed about 12 -15 people

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Wow! I did not know that you put pork chop in Chili!Good for you that you won $500! Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      It is a really great recipe. And thanks for the comment.

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      Jay 7 years ago

      Great recipe. It won first place in a chili cookoff to raise money for charity. Thanks for the recipe. Keep on cooking!

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      It will serve 6-8 depending on how large of bowls you use and how hungry people are. Yes use the vegetable oil to brown your meat and onions. Depending on how much grease cooks out of your meat you may or may not need it.

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      Steve 7 years ago

      Do you use the veg oil to brown meat or onions?

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      Neil 7 years ago

      I'm going to give this a try for a party on saturday night - how many people would these amounts serve?

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      The beer does give it a kick but it will cook out of it as you cook it. It is a really good chili. I and my family love it.

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      Rose 7 years ago

      okay ... i have placed all the ingredients in the pot ...and i tasted it to see if it would be spicy and oh boy , i have to say the beer gives it a kick... Wow..and i am making the cornbread to go with it , i will let you know how it all ends up... So far so good~!.. thanks for sharing this recipe~!

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes I have had other people need to make it with out beer and what we have done is make it with 8 ounces of Ginger Ale and it works great for the recipe.

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      Ann 7 years ago

      hey people!

      I cant use any sort of beer so is there any other substitute/option??? I'd really like to make this recipe. Your help will be appreciated

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      http://www.price-club.co.jp/cgi-bin/tkxdoc/goods_i...

      Heinz is the brand of Chili Sauce that I always use. It makes the best chili.

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      wally 7 years ago

      what is chili sauce and where do you get it

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      jim10 7 years ago from ma

      I love chili and this sounds great. Oh and I can try making cornbread myself instead of that boring old Jiffy box kind.

      Thanks.

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      Ladicakes 7 years ago

      Thanks for this excellent chili recipe. When I made this one, it was a hit!

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      eaasi3574 7 years ago

      Great post.

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      eaasi3574 7 years ago

      Very sensible advice, thanks for your hub.

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      astray555 7 years ago

      I love your tips.

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      astray555 7 years ago

      Great post.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Leave the beans out as I have before and it was very good.

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      cocoreggie 7 years ago

      One more question your recipe sounds really good but I hate beans, if i just don't add them should I substitute it with something else?

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes I really do add 4 bottles of Budweiser Beer to this recipe and always have. It really is the secret ingredient.

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      cocoreggie 7 years ago

      Do you really add the four bottles of beer?

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome. I hope you will make it and let us know how it turns out for you. I won $500.00 cash and a trophy for this recipe.

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      Lgali 7 years ago

      thanks for this nice recipe

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