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Colony Mountain Chili

My husband created this chili for a local cooking contest, and it won the People's Choice award. It's loaded with beef, Italian sausage, tomatoes and beans and seasoned with chili powder, cumin and red pepper flakes for zip. -Marjorie O'Dell Bow, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 Italian sausage links, casings removed and cut into 3/4-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, brown the beef and sausage in 1 tablespoon oil; drain. Transfer meat to a 5-qt. slow cooker. In the same skillet, saute onion and green onions in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve bouillon in water. Stir in the tomato paste, chili powder, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings until blended; add to slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes and beans. Cover and cook on high for 6-8 hours or until the meat is tender. Serve with cheese if desired.

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  • Lindahowerton
    Sep 17, 2019

    This is the only chili recipe we use now!! Everywhere we take it everyone loves it and wants the recipe! Thank you for a great recipe!

  • Sue
    Jan 26, 2019

    Best chili I’ve ever had!!!

  • dmkinsey
    Jan 2, 2019

    This chili is amazing! My family loves it. It's better when you use the cut-up sirloin steak, but I've substituted lean ground beef in a pinch and it's still excellent. Highly recommend.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Jan 4, 2015

    Just added this to my list of recipes, but had marked it in Oct/Nov 2004 Taste of Home Magazine as Very Good to Excellent. Guess I need to make again to refresh m memory.

  • katherine911
    Oct 28, 2014

    Best chili I have ever had in my life! Will make this again and again and again....

  • Grannybnb
    Oct 6, 2014

    This is basically the same way I make chili, but I've never written it down. I find that the slow cooker melds the flavors much better than stove top! Good job!!

  • grl727
    Mar 23, 2013

    I've won 3 out of 3 annual chili cookoffs with variations on this recipe (I vary it each year). It's the best "base recipe" I've found. The sirloin really make it stand out from most entrants.

  • cea267
    Jan 31, 2013

    Used leftovers to stuff tortillas for Red Chili Burritos. My family LOVED them. Excellent recipe!

  • shyski
    Jan 17, 2013

    I love this chili! I had been looking to try a recipe that uses beef husband kept insisting chili needed ground beef. But after trying this, we all loved it! The first time I made it, I did as suggested with the sausage links, but found it seemed to soupy. Now I cut the sausage out of the casings and brown like I would ground beef. This recipe is a winner!

  • KelliT
    Nov 14, 2011

    My husband made this recipe for a chili cook-off several years ago & won 1st place. He's made it 3 times since, & wins every time. This is a great "man" chili w/ lots of meat & spice.