90 Reviews

This was so good and I won our chili cook-off at church with this recipe. Thank you so much for posting.

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gretchenjan February 06, 2009

This is one of the best chili's ever! I would never have thought to use V8 juice in chili. At first, when I added the mushrooms, it looked like WAY too many, but they simmer down just right and are a great addition. I used the optional beef broth which I think adds to the complexity. I had to use lemon as that is all I had, and it was still fantistic. I don't like my savory dishes too sweet, so the second time I made it, I used 3 T. of brown sugsar and 1 T. of unsweetened cocoa powder. I also added a can of black beans for the last 30 minutes of simmering. I have cooked this on a low simmer on the stovetop for about 2 to 3 hours as well. Any way you cook it, this is a REAL winner!! Thanks for posting, Wildflower.

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Scoutie January 24, 2009

OMG! What a wonderful recipe! Thank you! Although I am sure that this recipe is awesome as posted what it does is give you very good basics to adjust to your family's likes and dislikes and it still works. Also, being slow cooked adjustments can be made along the way for anything you aren't sure of. Think it might be too sweet for you? Then add the minimal sugar and taste it an hour later and adjust till it works. I knew for my family to leave out the jalepenos and stewed tomatoes. In it's place I added 2 -10 oz cans of ROTEL tomatoes with green chilis and that worked for us. Also as a shopping note...2 - 12 oz bottles of the SPICY V-8 was exactly 3 cups. Thank you again for posting this!

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NancyLeeIL October 04, 2008

Seriously the best chili my husband and I have ever tried. I asked my husband to give me his rating and he stated "I've never had a chili anywhere near as good as this!". I agree! I used 4 jalapenos and fresh garlic rather than garlic powder. I used the full amount of chili powder and used about an extra tablespoon (or 2) of fresh squeezed lime juice. I cut the sugar WAY down to about 2-3 teaspoons, added an extra dash or two of worcestershire, used 2 cans of hot and spicy chili beans (that I drained but did not rinse) and added the cup of beef broth. I browned it all and put this all in my 6 quart crockpot and let it cook on low for about 6-7 hours. The house smelled DIVINE while it was cooking and the final result was sheer perfection! I served this over pasta shells for my kids and I with a dash of fresh grated cheddar on top. My husband ate the chili straight up with the cheese and a bit of sour cream. My kids LOVED this! The amount of sweet/spice was perfect! Totally fine for a 2 and 4 year old and perfectly spiced to my husband and I who normally love things hot but felt the flavor in this didn't warrant needing it to be hot. This is a true winner and definitely worthy of winning a chili contest. Thank you so much wildflour! We ADORED this and this has now become my regular chili recipe. I'm throwing my old one out!

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RedVinoGirl October 03, 2008

Other than add 2 tsp. cocoa powder to the pot, I made following the recipe to the letter. It was so good everyone was diving for it at our Chili Potluck supper at the church. Thank you so much for making me look so good Wildflour!

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Chef Crystal Cooks September 07, 2008

I made this for a football party, and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. It made enough for a crowd of 12 with quite a few people going back for second helpings. The mushrooms surprised quite a few people, but no one complained! I only had a cup of ketchup and made up the difference with tomato sauce. I de-seeded the jalapenos, but next time won't do that so the chili will have more kick. We served the chili with shredded cheddar, chopped onions, and sour cream -- excellent! Thank you, we'll be making this recipe often.

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Kathy :-( January 23, 2006

By far the best chili recipe on the internet, and the internet is vast. I've won the Super Bowl chili contest two years in a row with this and will going for a three-peat tomorrow.

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TyTy007 February 01, 2015

This stuff is awesome!! Everytime I make it, someone wants the recipe. Yes, this chili has a little bit of a kick. My uncle put it this way, "There is a kick, but there is also some sweet. It is such a depth of flavors instead of just chili powder and burning of the mouth." Yes, there are not a lot of beans, but I am not a huge fan of beans and that is one reason I have never liked chili...until now! THANK YOU!!

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Farmwife10 January 10, 2015

This recipe is DELICIOUS as is!

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cindyhood3 October 24, 2012

Very good crock pot recipe! I left the sugar out all together, good round flavor even without.

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rosslare April 20, 2012
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