Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This recipe was created by me! I have perfected the recipe many times over using various guinea pigs, and each time, they say it is better. This recipe has won a couple of chili cook-offs. It is a traditional recipe. You can cook it using beans or without. It is great regardless of how you cook it. I would serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches or mexican cornbread. Always top it with a little shredded cheese to difuse the heat!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook and stir hamburger/ground chuck, stew/sirloin meat, onion and garlic in a large dutch oven until meat is light brown and onions are tender.
  2. Drain grease from the pan.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, celery, chili powder, salt, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper sauce. Heat to boiling; reduce heat.
  4. Cover and simmer for at least one hour, preferably two.
  5. If desired, add beans.
  6. Heat to boiling, reduce heat.
  7. Simmer until hot, about 15 minutes.
  8. Serve topped with shredded cheese, and sour cream if desired.


Most Helpful

Our guests today loved this.. I added the beans but left out the celery ( one guest eats amost everything on the planet except celery) It was a wonderful meaty chili and the compliment flowed. I did use cubed pork and minced pork instead of beef, simply because the ground beef in my usual supermarket has not been wonderful of late. When more shops are open after New Year I will be making this again with beef. Please see my Rating System: 5 excellent stars for a meaty chili that we will certainly be making often. Thanks!

kiwidutch December 27, 2008

We enjoyed this but felt it wasn't as good as other chili recipes we've tried, and it could have used more spice. If I make it again, I'd add more spices like cayenne pepper plus some cumin, oregano, cinnamon, etc. I think using generic chili powder played a part in the blandness. Some sharp cheddar on top takes it up a notch!

Demandy August 23, 2009

Wonderful chili. My dh & I enjoyed it very much. I didn't have any ground beef so I used a mixture of ground vension and ground pork, that I added to the sirlion steak. What flavor and texture this has. You can really taste the chili...I also used a good quality habanero and chipolte sauces ...yumm. I put this in my crockpot on low and it cooked all afternoon. How easy was that? I will make this again and again. My neighbor wants to give you 5*+++, it truly was enjoyed by all, served with soda bread scones. Thanks for sharing.

Baby Kato July 02, 2009

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