Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Every year in my area there is a city wide chili cookoff. My group has won 3 years in a row. This is my recipe (although I have scaled it down, we usually buy 30 lbs hamburger). It is hearty and easy, even my kids will eat it. I add fresh mushrooms to mine at home and add a bit more spice. If you can don't skimp on the ground sirloin, it is so much better than the cheaper stuff.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown hamburger, onion, green pepper and garlic, then drain(there isn't usually much to drain with the ground sirloin).
  2. In large pot, dump in meat mixture.
  3. Add both beans, water, tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  4. Add spices and stir.
  5. Add brown sugar and stir.
  6. Cook for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, crackers.
Most Helpful

This really is freaking delicious! I made it for a work chili cook-off. It didn't win but got some compliments and I personally ate all the leftovers the same day! My parents liked it better than the chili they have been making for years. Its was super easy as well and I'm a lazy 25 year old who doesn't usually cook so I would recommend it!!

hochhau2 November 21, 2013

This was really yummy! I'm not much of a chili eater (don't like too spicy) this was perfect. I used 16 oz sauce and black beans (it was what I had) no water. Used yellow pepper (also what I had) and added some celery and a touch of beef boullion. Next time I'll double it. DH and I almost finished the pot off. Thank you again!

closet chef in ma January 05, 2013

No wonder this is called "Award Winning" it was awesome and DH and I both loved it. It was plenty spicy for us and we like spicy. I only used 2 tablespoons of chili powder, but ours is a HOT poweder and it was great. The only change I made was to used cumin seeds instead of powder and when it was all cooked on the stove top - placed it all in the crockpot to simmer on low until dinner. Nice thick chili with a good blend of flavors -not just spicy hot. Topped wih cheese and a dollop of sour cream and served with Honey Corn bread. Made for "Help a Naked Recipe"

Bonnie G #2 September 11, 2012