Award-Winning Chuck Wagon Chili Recipe
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Award-Winning Chuck Wagon Chili Recipe

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For an extra-spicy kick, double the chili powder, but make sure you've got a cool drink close by! —Eugene Jarzab Jr., Phoenix, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 80 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 80 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound pork stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup chili powder, divided
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped canned green chilies
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) beef broth
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated dark chocolate
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 637 calories, 38g fat (11g saturated fat), 179mg cholesterol, 1285mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 57g protein.


  1. Sprinkle beef and pork with half of the chili powder. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in batches in 2 tablespoons oil; drain and set aside. In the same pan, saute onion and celery in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Add the garlic, chilies and remaining chili powder; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the broth, beer, tomato sauce, chocolate, cumin, oregano, salt, mustard, cayenne and meat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Award-Winning Chuck Wagon Chili in Taste of Home

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Niptuck User ID: 6620962 211779
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Have prepared this chili several times. The chocolate adds a rich colour to the sauce. Excellent tasting chili!"

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