My Neighbor Renee's Perfect Chili!

"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 recipe #329160 a try-looks yummy too!!"
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Ready In:
3hrs 5mins
1 big batch




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

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  1. DriaDB
    Testing. Loooove this chili.
  2. Ginny Sue
    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!
  3. Recipe Maven
    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!
  4. Dreamgoddess
    This chili was delicious with the just the right amount of heat for us. I didn't add in the bell peppers because DH doesn't really like them. Otherwise followed the recipe and served with cornbread. It was an outstanding lunch. Call me very embarrased, but this is a very late review for the Elves Appreciation Cookathon in the Photo forum.
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