Four-Star Chili Recipe
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Four-Star Chili Recipe

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This spicy chili features traditional ingredients like ground beef, green peppers and tomatoes, but carrots and white beans, make it deliciously different. Serve it over rice for a hearty meal. - Frank Fenti, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 large green peppers, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons pepper blend
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded Colby cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 106 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein .


  1. In a stockpot, cook the beef, green peppers and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add the tomatoes, beans, broth, carrot, celery, jalapenos and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until thick and bubbly.
  2. Serve with rice, sour cream and cheese. Yield: 18 servings (4-1/4 quarts).
This recipe was tested with McCormick's Hot Shot Black & Red Pepper. As a substitute for the 2-1/2 teaspoons of pepper blend in Four-Star Chili, combine 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Four-Star Chili in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p128

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Isolda 28331
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"Whooh! This chili has great punch with all the pepper and pepper flakes. The guys in my family love it."

coreena 28328
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2008

"uses white beans served on rice"

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