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“This recipe has won its share of awards. However, my greatest pleasure comes in sharing a great meal with friends and family. It may seem a bit unusual but it is unusually good”
2hrs 45mins
10 quarts

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a large skillet cook the onions in half of the olive oil until nearly translucent.
  2. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Place the onions in a large stock pot (12 quart).
  4. Brown the meat in the remaining oil.
  5. Add the tomato paste to the meat during the last few minutes of browning.
  6. Add this to the stock pot without draining.
  7. Remove the seeds, veins, and stems from the chipoltes, habaneros, and anchos.
  8. Tear the chilies into small pieces and soak them in the hot water for 30 minutes.
  9. Puree the chilies and water in a blender until a paste forms.
  10. Add this paste to the stock pot and mix well.
  11. Add all of the liquid ingredients and vegetables, except for the spices, to the stock pot and bring them to a simmer.
  12. Do not drain any of the canned items.
  13. Mix the Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, honey, and liquid smoke in a small dish until the honey is dissolved.
  14. Add this mixture to the stock pot and stir well.
  15. Add all of the dry spices together in a small bowl and mix well.
  16. Add this spice mixture to the stock pot slowly, a little at a time.
  17. Once all the ingredients are mixed together, return the chili to a simmer.
  18. Simmer the chili for 2-3 hours uncovered.
  19. Remember to stir the chili occasionally and add water or beer if necessary.
  20. Makes about 10 quarts (leftovers freeze well).
  21. The chili should be allowed to age 1-2 days in the refrigerator.
  22. Serve the chili over rice or pasta Midwest-style and add your favorite condiments.
  23. Serve the chili with a salad and your favorite beer and you will have a feast.
  24. Cheese biscuits and cornbread are also wonderful with this recipe.
  25. The ingredients in steps 4 and 5 can be prepared the day ahead to save time and to avoid any last second measuring mistakes.
  26. Just place them in sealed containers or Ziplock bags and place in the refrigerator until the next day.

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