Perfect Competition Chili

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 2 mins

My husband makes this every year for our church's chili cook-off. He has placed every single time he's entered it. Half the judges always tell him that this was the best chili they've ever had.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef in oil.
  2. Add in broth, bouillon, tomato sauce, onion, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 Tablespoons chili powder, and tabasco.
  3. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.
  4. Add salt and pepper, onion powder, 1teaspoon Garlic powder, chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, paprika, and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Stir and simmer another hour.
  5. Add remaining cumin and red pepper flakes, stir, and cook 30 more minutes.
  6. Best if prepared the day before and reheated the next day.
Most Helpful

This was good but differen for us. I normally make chili with beans. We thought there wasn't enough sauce so I added another cup of beef broth and another can of tomato sauce. I also only used four tablespoons of chili powder because I was afraid eight would be too much for us. I also forgot the onion powder. We enjoyed it. My one son ate it on tostido chips and chips.

bmcnichol September 09, 2012

I made this chili last night & found it to be really tasty. A word of warning though to those not used to hot spices - go easy on the chili powder! I found that for our 'delicate British palates' about 1/4 of the chili in the recipe was plenty (2 tbsp chili powder). Apart from that, great recipe.

p.zack April 01, 2009

Until I found this recipe, my family said I made terrible chili! I am going to use it as the "base" for a chili cookoff (my first!) on Feb 9th. I will add some of my own touches of course. Wish me luck - I think this one is a winner! I only used 3T of chili powder though, as I am a chicken, and found it to be just right for my taste. GOOD recipe! Thank you to whomever it belongs to. EASY to make - I highly suggest you drain the fat by placing the cooked beef in a strainer and running hot water over it and do NOT add any oil! All that grease was yucky!

barb January 24, 2008