This bold beef 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! This beef chili has become our go to family chili now. Only our oldest boy has truly developed a taste for chili and enjoys it immensely. I've now managed to tweak this recipe 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! If you prefer a vegetarian chili, I have that as well here.
Bold Chili Challenge
This beef chili many will appreciate. It was well received my 1st time presenting it to others. I brought this 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 because I thought the crowd wouldn't enjoy this kind of bold flavor, so I was pleasantly surprised.
UPDATE: October 2017
I got 1st place this year for this same bold beef chili at our friends' annual chili cook-off; I was shocked. I'm very pleased though and happy to see others can enjoy this beefy chili as well.
Family Chili Feast
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 flavorwise. I'm surprised that even my 5 year olds like this chili since it's got a different flavor than they're used to. This bold beef chili 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 beef chili a try and let me know what you think! Try them with my cornbread muffins too. YUM!Print