Red Wine Chili

"I created this recipe when I owned a small cafe in SLO, CA. It is simple and rich and everyone told me it was good, so I believed them and have been making it ever since."
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • Saute onions and bell peppers in olive oil until tender.
  • Add ground beef and brown slowly over low heat, stirring often.
  • Add garlic and cook until ground beef is thoroughly cooked.
  • Add chili seasonings, chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, tomatoes, both beans and red wine.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours taste and add salt and pepper. Then add sugar to round out flavor.
  • Best served with a dollop of sour cream and chopped green onions.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I use pulled shoulder pork instead of ground beef


  1. This chili is delicious! Part of my job is presenting wines in differ dishes. I made one of the chilis with a Chambourcin (Midwest dry red wine) and another chili with a Norton (Midwest dry red wine). Both were excellent!!! The chili with the Chambourcin was a little sweeter and the chili made with the Norton was a little more "full-bodied"
  2. This recipe was good - easy for someone who doesn't have a sweet clue what they're doing. I made my own chili seasoning and used a nice cab sauv. The only thing I wasn't too sure about was the sugar at the end. It changed the taste completely and im not sure it was in a good way. I would say 2 tbsp is way too much sugar. I used 1 and might omit it completely if I made again. Overall I think it's a great starting point with lots of opportunity to tweak to your own tastes.
  3. I found this chili to be quite sour. Almost like the taste you have in your mouth after you wake up and were drinking too much wine the night before. I love wine and I love chili, but I wouldn't try to combine these things again. Now I will admit that used a cheap bottle of "cooking wine" and maybe this was my mistake as I could taste the sour cheap wine in the chili. I bet it would be better with a nicer bottle.
  4. Excellent recipe!



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