My Neighbor Renee's Perfect Chili!

Total Time
3hrs 5mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

There are a bajillion chili recipes on here, but this is my fave. My neighbor Renee, a Midwestern gal, made this for Halloween a few years ago and i fell in love. Didn't know I loved chili so much! Posted at the request of another great gal...ncmysteryshopper! Update 10/7: ncmysteryshopper had some difficulty finding some of these specialized pinto beans so she created a similar chili with the same flavors, but without the fancy beans. For those of you in a non-pinto friendly area, you can give her Sexy, Spicy Chili for the Gourmet Cowgirl - Wstrn North Carolina a try-looks yummy too!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown meat in skillet and then meanwhile heat up a dutch oven.
  2. In dutch oven, saute onion and peppers in olive oil til softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cans of tomatoes, cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add cans of beans to tomato mixture and when meat is done browning, add as well.
  5. Add salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste.
  6. Simmer 2 hours before serving.
  7. This is great frozen in 4 serving portions to reheat later.
  8. Yummy with cornbread!
Most Helpful

Testing. Loooove this chili.

DriaDB March 10, 2010

Great chili! I made a half-batch of this; using one yellow bell pepper and half of a green bell pepper. I had no trouble finding the canned ingredients in my market. I decided to not add any of the optional ingredients until the chili was finished cooking to see how spicy it was; turned out the heat was just right and I didn't need to add any of the optional heat. I did double the amount of wine listed-just a personal preference!

Ginny Sue November 01, 2009

Since it's never too hot for chili at my house, this one sure tickled our fancy! My DH and I both had seconds. With cornbread on the side it was excellent!

Recipe Maven August 01, 2009