Lady Bug Chili

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READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by NannyMarvel

This is the 2006 winner of the Terlingua International Chili Championship. After trying this, I will NEVER use canned, frozen or a chili mix again. I have changed it slightly due to availability of ingredients. If you like chili, you will love this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make 3 seasoning packets, as follows:.
  2. Packet #1: mix together 1 tablespoon onion powder, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of chili powder.
  3. Packet #2: mix together 5 tablespoons of chili power, 2 teaspoons of cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, beef bullion and chicken bullion, brown sugar and adobo sauce.
  4. Packet #3: mix together 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 tsp cumin and salt.
  5. In a 4-quart pot, brown the ground beef. After browning, drain the meat. Add back to pot along with 1 can of beef broth and the tomato sauce. Place 1 jalapeno pepper and 1 serrano pepper in the pot. Bring mixture to a boil and add packet #1.
  6. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 1 hour. Remove peppers, squeeze juice into separate container and set aside. Replace lid and continue simmering meat mixture for another 15 minutes. Add packet #2.
  7. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Add the juice from the peppers and packet #3.
  8. Cover and simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
  9. Serve with chopped onions and grated cheese.

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