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Hands down, the best Chili recipe I’ve every made!

December 30, 2010
Assorted bell pepper vegetables from Mexico

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Six-Pack Chili:

Kit Carson‘s last words were, “I wish I had time for one more bowl of Chili.” He had the right idea – you shouldn’t take anything too seriously, except maybe chili. Chili was given to us by the gods especially to go with good music, good friends, good beer, and  good times. If this recipe doesn’t do that for you, then you don’t have a pulse.”

I think this recipes “tongue-in-cheek” directions are far more fun if taken literally. Sharing a few beers never hurt anyone. Enjoy.


  • 1 6-pack of Corona beer, chilled
  • 2 1/2 lb tri-tip roast, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 1/2 lb ground chuck                                                                                                       2 tablespoons dried mexican oregano
  • 7 tablespoons Gephart’s chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 large Vidalia onions, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced (about 4-5)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 4-oz can diced green chiles
  • 15-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Masa Harina
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream
  • Your favorite salsa

1. Drink a beer and read the directions.

2. In a large Dutch oven brown the beef with 2TBL chili powder. Drain the fat, but don’t go overboard cause there’s lots of flavor in there. Add two beers, the rest of the chili powder, oregano, cumin, paprika and get it to start to boil. Simmer for an hour.

3. Have a beer to reward yourself for all that hard work.

4. Heat up a skillet and caramelize the onions. During the last couple of minutes, add the garlic and saute. Add onion and garlic to the chili along with chipotles, jalapeno, green chiles, red bell pepper, and tomatos. Simmer another 1-2 hours.

5. You’ll want another beer here. Make sure your friends have put on some kickin’ tunes.

6. Add sugar and vinegar. Whisk together equal parts of Masa Harina and cold water (I use about 1/3 cup each). Bring to a boil and stir until it thickens. Season to taste.

7. Ladle into bowls, top with sour cream and salsa. Serve hot sauce on the side.

8. Open your final beer and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Try not to get a swelled head from all the compliments.

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