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the best ever chili recipe

Best Ever Chili Recipe

Published by: Lydia
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 lbs ground sirloin
  • 1 1/2 cups diced white onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chopped (for mild version, remove all seeds and veining from the jalapeño, those are what make it spicy)
  • 1 large green pepper chopped
  • 4 - 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 - 15 oz cans Spicy Chili Beans for mild version, you can substitute the dark red kidney beans for 1 or both of the spicy beans
  • 2 - 15 oz cans Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 bottle Heineken beer or similar
  • 7 T. Chili Powder
  • 1 T. Chipotle chili powder for mild version, omit chipotle chili powder, or reduce quantity if you would still like to capture the smoky flavor of chipotle
  • 1/2 cup SPLENDA Brown Sugar Blend
  • 2 T. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Basil
  • 3 T. Frank's Red Hot Sauce for mild version, reduce quantity of hot sauce.  I would not recommend omitting altogether, but instead using a minimum of 2 teaspoons.  In smaller quantities it adds more of a depth of flavor, rather than spiciness
  • 2 t. Salt

Optional Chili Toppings

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions or chives


  • In a large skillet, brown the ground sirloin and onions.
  • Once cooked, drain, and add to a large stockpot (along with all all other ingredients) and simmer on medium for one hour, stirring frequently.
  • Turn down to low, and continue to simmer for another hour, or longer if you'd like, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese and chives or green onions, and ENJOY!
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