Melissa's Cuisine: Chili

Friday, December 31, 2010


Chili (12/22/10)

Everyone who has had this recipe says it's some of the best they've ever had! It's versatile enough that I've made it in the Crock-pot, and on the stove. And, if you're really in a pinch for time and putting it in the Crock-pot, you don't even have to cook the meat first! Don't let the list of ingredients scare you, it really does taste fantastic!

This is one of our favorite dinners.  I knew it would be perfect to link up to Soup-a-Palooza.  Check it out here: "Come join Soup-a-Palooza with TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by Bush’s Beans, Hip Hostess, Pillsbury and Westminster Crackers” 

You will need:

2-1/2 pounds ground beef
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped (or 2 teaspoons pre-chopped cloves)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 of a green pepper, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 bottle beer
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons instant beef bouillon (or 6 cubes)
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon hot sauce

Stove top directions:
1. In a large saucepan brown meat, drain the fat.

2. Add the garlic, onion, and pepper; cook and stir until tender.

3. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, beer, chili powder, bouillon, oregano, sugar, cocoa, and hot sauce. Mix well.

4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, covered , for 2 hours.

5. Make sure you allow the chili to simmer for the whole 2 hours, even longer is better to achieve the best flavor. If you think the soupy part is too thin, feel free to thicken it up by mixing 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of flour in a cup and add it to the chili. Simmer for 10 more minutes until thickened.

Crockpot directions:

1. Add all ingredients, except meat, to Crockpot. Mix thoroughly.
2. Add uncooked ground beef and separate into smaller chunks using a spatula.

3. Cook on low for 4-8 hours. If the soup is too thin, follow the above directions to thicken it.

This recipe is entered in:
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage


  1. Do I detect a trend in your recipe ingredients? I've just come from your Beer n Bacon Mac n Cheese page looking for a winning chili recipe (which this certainly looks like) only to find beer as an ingredient in this too.  ;)

  2. Hi Melissa,
    You are right this does look like one of those all around versatile chili's, yum! Thank you so much for sharing with Texas Star Chili Cook Off and the very best luck to you!
    Miz Helen

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