This bold beefy chili recipe has developed over the last few years with some tweaking and adjusting. I finally got the proportions just right to where everybody in our household loves it! I can officially say it’s become our go to family chili now. Only our oldest boy has truly developed a taste for chili and enjoys it immensely. Our 5 yr old twins are not fans of any kind of chili just yet, but there’s time. This particular chili recipe however has now been tweaked to the point where all 3 of our boys really enjoy it and so does my husband. My goal over the last few years has been to make a classic delicious meaty chili my whole family could enjoy, not too spicy, not too sweet, but also not lacking flavor. I finally achieved it with this recipe and I hope you enjoy it as well!
Bold Chili Challenge
I think this beefy chili is one others like you will appreciate because it was well received my 1st time presenting it to others besides my family. I brought this beef chili to my first chili cook off party with neighbors and got 2nd place. Apparently I was tied with the 1st place winner until someone toward the end of the tasting broke our tie. I honestly wasn’t expecting to get that close to winning only because I thought maybe the crowd wouldn’t enjoy the kind of different bold flavor, so I was pleasantly surprised others enjoyed it as well.
Family Chili Feasting
So, for being a family chili you will see below that some ingredients are a bit unorthodox for a “family” type chili, but it’s those ingredients that make this chili the well balanced, flavorful chili that it is. I’ve got beer and coffee in the mix as you’ll see, I believe they help this chili stand out a bit flavorwise. Honestly, I’m a bit surprised I have my 5 year olds even like this chili since it’s got a different flavor than they’re used to. Whatever it is, this combo works well for a family meal or a party on a cold day. The adults won’t miss flavor and kids will enjoy a flavorful chili without whining about spiciness. No more bland chili needed to make the whole crew happy!
I only make this chili in my dutch oven now. I just LOVE my dutch oven for making dishes like this chili. It can absolutely be made in a standard big pot, but I love how the dutch oven browns the beef real nice, plus it has a great even heat. Now be cautious if you also make it in a dutch oven to remember it holds in the heat a lot more than a standard pot so watch for burning and adjust your temperature as necessary.
Please give this bold beefy chili a try and let me know what you think! Try them with my cornbread muffins too. YUM!