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Wild West Chili Recipe
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Wild West Chili Recipe

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My sister-in-law, who has cooked for many years at the family ranch, shared this hearty recipe with me. I make it often during the winter-it sure can warm you up after being outside doing chores!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef or venison
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 to 5 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup each finely chopped celery, onion and carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown bacon and the beef or venison; drain. Add the seasonings; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, celery, onion, carrots and green pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Stir in beans; cook 30 minutes longer. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Wild West Chili in Country February/March 1996, p51

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"I made this chili for my son's first birthday party which had a western theme. It was a hit! Everyone wanted the recipe. It was fine just as it was but I did add cumin and beer. Will definitely make it again. This is a keeper!"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"well, when the other half raves about a chili it has to be a winner. followed the recipe exactly and it was fine! will do again but will probably play with it a little. it will be a good football dinner dish."

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