11 Reviews

PERFECTION!!! I know some of the ingredients sound a little off/weird but don't skip a single one! My DH will not eat beans unless they're re-fried beans, it's a texture thing, but he does back flips over this bean-free chili! I find it helpful to measure and mix all the dry ingredients the night before (as I have a tiny kitchen w/no counter space, plus I like to take the time to "freshly crush" all the dried herbs so the flavors can mingle that much better. A one gallon bag works wonders for that. And if you think that far in advance marinating the "beef" in beer for 2-3 days before it's just AMAZING!!! I cannot rave enough about this chili! Easy to control the spicy by adjusting the jalapeno amount. It goes terrific with "Corn Muffins Like Kenny Rogers Roasters" I top those muffins with vanilla cinnamon honey butter and it's sooooo good no one ever gripes that I didn't make a dessert! FABULOUS STUPENDOUS PERFECTION!!!

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Misses Wilson September 14, 2010

WOW!! So yummy! I love meat and don't like beans, so this was the perfect chili for me. We didn't have exactly everything for it, so we improvised some. Ours became a 5 meat chili. We used stew meat instead of ground beef, as someone else suggested. It was wonderfully tender. We only had about 1 and a half pounds of that, so we used enough smoked sausage, with the casing removed, to get to the right amount of meat. For the peppers, we used one small yellow, and one small orange, each being half a cup. Used 2 jalapenos and 1 red banana pepper also. We only had light brown sugar, and we used about a half a tablespoon of celery seed in place of the celery flakes. We did thicken it with flour at the end. This was time consuming, but not too bad since I cut up all of the veggies and mixed the dry ingredients together the day before. Served with some extra sharp cheddar cheese on top and cornbread on the side. We got enough for my husband and I to get 4 dinners out of it. Froze some, so I hope that turns out well when thawed. A note about the jalapeno peppers - I was really good about washing my hands several times after and not touching my eyes and such, but I clearly wasn't thinking when I used my thumb to clean out the inside of the jalapenos. The skin under my thumbs burned for almost 2 days! I will be smarter next time! NOTE - This thawed just fine! We are making more today so we can have some in the freezer for when the mood strikes!

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Mark & Stacy October 20, 2007

Time consuming, uses up all sorts of bowls and pans so clean up took longer, expensive if you don't have all ingredients at home but --DELICIOUS...THE BEST!! This is a lot of work but well worth it when cooking for real chili fans. Not for my usual quick chili meal, but I know I will be making it again and again for special times. I did use cut-up stew meat in place of ground beef, since cooking time allowed it to get very tender after browning. My only suggestion is to fry chorizo separately from the other meats because it took so much longer to brown and produced a lot more fat. I served it with all the fixin's John recommended, plus a bowl of ranch beans for those who wanted to throw some in their chili. People were in hog heaven. Can't wait to try it in a smoker.

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Mareesme May 16, 2007

This was such a hit with the family that my college grandson asked me to make more so he could share it with his suite-mates at SIUE. It has a "wow" factor for the taste buds! Thanks John for sharing.

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wtncds October 24, 2009

My family loved this. My husband even decided to make it to take to his weekly lunch at work. Very high praise. Is wonderfully tasty even if you break down and add some beans. I think the beer, coffee and cocoa really add depth. Not too hot for any of us - in fact, I added some chipotle in adobo sauce when I reheated it.

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Marysdottir April 23, 2009

ive made this recipe for multiple people over the last 6 years! is a true crowd pleaser!

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linyee yuan October 18, 2008

It did take quite awhile to assemble everything. It was just a little too spicy for our liking. It was good though.

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marykaia October 23, 2007

Truly deserving of a Texas Chili. Great job!

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risable November 30, 2006

It is the best tasteing chili i have ever tasted!!!

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glenblackford September 12, 2005
John Gambill's Texas Chili