Best Award-Winning Chili

"Every year in my area there is a city wide chili cookoff. My group has won 3 years in a row. This is my recipe (although I have scaled it down, we usually buy 30 lbs hamburger). It is hearty and easy, even my kids will eat it. I add fresh mushrooms to mine at home and add a bit more spice. If you can don't skimp on the ground sirloin, it is so much better than the cheaper stuff."
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  • Brown hamburger, onion, green pepper and garlic, then drain(there isn't usually much to drain with the ground sirloin).
  • In large pot, dump in meat mixture.
  • Add both beans, water, tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  • Add spices and stir.
  • Add brown sugar and stir.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, crackers.

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  1. Suzy White Lindblom
    I made this chili in the crock pot and it was delicious. I added a beef bullion cube and extra water. I will definitely make this again!
  2. Cheri H.
    I like this recipe as I love chili! I added cuisinart chopped carrots for more veggies and prefer it with added beef broth and low on the tomato sauce. I add at the end a favorite fresh salsa that includes the chopped tomatoes. the second day it gets better! Chopped fresh cilantro makes a finely tuned finish! Serve with guests able to add chili flacks for more spiceyness!
  3. hochhau2
    This really is freaking delicious! I made it for a work chili cook-off. It didn't win but got some compliments and I personally ate all the leftovers the same day! My parents liked it better than the chili they have been making for years. Its was super easy as well and I'm a lazy 25 year old who doesn't usually cook so I would recommend it!!
  4. closet chef in ma
    This was really yummy! I'm not much of a chili eater (don't like too spicy) this was perfect. I used 16 oz sauce and black beans (it was what I had) no water. Used yellow pepper (also what I had) and added some celery and a touch of beef boullion. Next time I'll double it. DH and I almost finished the pot off. Thank you again!
  5. Bonnie G #2
    No wonder this is called "Award Winning" it was awesome and DH and I both loved it. It was plenty spicy for us and we like spicy. I only used 2 tablespoons of chili powder, but ours is a HOT poweder and it was great. The only change I made was to used cumin seeds instead of powder and when it was all cooked on the stove top - placed it all in the crockpot to simmer on low until dinner. Nice thick chili with a good blend of flavors -not just spicy hot. Topped wih cheese and a dollop of sour cream and served with Honey Corn bread. Made for "Help a Naked Recipe"


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