My Brother Vlad's Chili

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by mabelle527

very good, basic chili recipe that I use as a base when I make my own variations...posted for safekeeping!

Top Review by vladb

Thanks for posting this "Mabelle". Since I'm the "brother Vlad" in the title I can share that yes this is a good base recipe, as my sister omitted some of my secret ingredients. You can find your own but (1) yes as written this is mild, and I find Ancho chile to be a good spice to add, and (2) you can sub out a strong beer (like Newcastle) for the broth. Be creative with it; last time I added Jim Beam and let it burn off the alcohol before adding the other wet ingredients. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. cook onions and garlic until soft.
  2. add meat and brown.
  3. add all other ingredients and simmer 30 min (if using whole tomatoes, use kitchen scissors to cut up into small pieces inside the can).
  4. add beans and cook 20 min more.
  5. serve with rice, cornbread, or tortilla chips!
  6. variations: use 2 t spices; add 1 t cayenne; add chorizo (soft) to your chili base; use 1 bottle dark beer instead of beef broth (like negro modelo). I have used ground turkey instead of beef, and add a can of black beans or pinto beans (for 2 cans total of beans). I also like to add bell peppers (diced) and/or jalapeno peppers.

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