Great Homemade Chili Recipes

To help keep the chill of winter at bay, try these savory chili recipes for a hearty meal that will warm you through and through.

| December/January 2007

With all of the ice, snow and cold wind buffeting much of the United States lately, it's an ideal time for a big, warm bowl of homemade chili. At least, that's what we were thinking around the Mother Earth News office, which is why we recently had an office-wide Chili Cook-off, with prizes for Best, Hottest and Most Authentic.

Below you'll find the winning recipes (plus a couple more that were too good to pass up). We hope a little chili might make things seem a little less chilly in the coming days. But even if you live in a sunny spot in California, you're sure to find at least one recipe to love from this collection. So grab a crock pot, gather your ingredients and get cooking!

Best Tasting: 'Southwest Chorizo Chili' Recipe

  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped onion, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 links Spanish chorizo sausage, diced (about 6 1/2 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 15 oz. cans black beans, drained
  • 3 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 8-1/2 oz. can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1 1/2 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Heat a large Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add chiles (finely chopped), 1 3/4 cups onion, bell peppers, garlic, and chorizo; saut? 5 minutes or until tender. Add chili powder and next seven ingredients (chili powder through corn), stirring to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate, salt and black pepper.

Best Tasting Runner Up: 'The Deuce' Chili Recipe

  • 1 pound beef seasoned with onions, cumin, beef bullion, chili powder and a tiny bit of garlic
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can mild sauce chili beans
  • 1can medium sauce chili beans
  • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes

Most Authentic: 'The Winner' Chili Recipe

  • 2 pounds ground beef (you can use up to 93 percent lean)
  • 4 cans Mrs. Grimes chili beans
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • Williams chili seasoning
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste

You can also add red pepper flakes to heat it up.



Brown hamburger, drain. Add remaining ingredients and combine well. With the lid on, simmer the chili on medium heat until it thickens, usually about 15 to 20 minutes. Makes for a great chili dog!

Hottest: 'Carne Asada Sure 'Nuff' Chili Recipe

This is a quick version of a traditional Northern New Mexico dish. Douse the meat with flour and brown it first and then cook it very slowly in a roasting pan in the oven.

John Marzy
9/21/2020 7:26:13 PM

Only one, the Southwest Chipotle Chili Recipe, listed a liquid as an ingredient. How do you bring your best testing chilli, or any of them, to a boil and simmer with no liquids? (other than the juice from 3 cans of tomatoes)




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