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    2-Alarm Chili

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    1 hr 5 mins

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    Kim D.'s Note:

    My family likes the chili made from the packet of 2-Alarm Chili, so one day I decided to measure out all the ingredients. It's much cheaper to measure out your own ingredients!

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    1. 1
      Brown beef in a Dutch oven; drain.
    2. 2
      Add tomato sauce, 2 cups water, paprika, cumin, onion flakes, garlic salt, chili powder, and ground red pepper.
    3. 3
      Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. 4
      Dissolve 2 tablespoons masa into 1/4 cup hot water to make a thick, but flowable mixture.
    5. 5
      Add masa mixture to chili.
    6. 6
      Cover and simmer another 15-20 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 09, 2002


      This is really great Texas chili (no beans allowed). Years ago we used to buy the Wick Fowler's 2 alarm chili mix and I also measured all the ingredients to re-create it without the mix. At the time, my kids were pretty young, and found it a bit too spicy. This chili has to have spice, but I modified it just a bit and they still love it that way today. I add an extra can of tomato sauce, and cut the chili powder to 1/3 cup, cumin to 1 tsp, cayenne red pepper to 1/2 tsp. Try it either way, you'll like it.

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    • on October 14, 2010


      I found this chili quite a few months ago and forgot to review it. It was the first chili I've ever made, and I don't see any reason why it shouldn't also be the last. It is quick, easy, spicy enough for my husband, and mild enough for me. With the addition of kidney beans, it makes an excellent meal; and without them, it makes an awesome hot dog/hamburger chili. I am also planning on making as a dip for a baby shower this weekend. And, if I ever find anywhere else to use a chili, this will be it. Needless to say, I really, really like it. Thanks!

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    • on December 13, 2003


      I have been cooking with Wick Fowler's for some time. Now that I found this recipe, I have tweaked it to my liking. Just a teaspoon or two extra of red pepper(depending on how much beer I have in the fridge). I usually make it and take it to work and share with my coworkers. They love it! My wife and kids aren't so crazy about it though, too spicy for them. Too bad, they don't know what they're missing. Makes the best chili I've ever had. I also like to cup up stew meat instead of using ground beef.

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    Nutritional Facts for 2-Alarm Chili

    Serving Size: 1 (294 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 389.7
    Calories from Fat 225
    Total Fat 25.0 g
    Saturated Fat 9.2 g
    Cholesterol 102.8 mg
    Sodium 409.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
    Sugars 2.8 g
    Protein 30.5 g

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