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Firehouse Chili Recipe

Firehouse Chili Recipe

As one of the cooks at the firehouse, I used to prepare meals for 10 men. This chili was among their favorites.—Richard Clements, San Dimas, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 4 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, heat canola oil over medium heat. Brown beef in batches, crumbling meat, until no longer pink; drain. Add onions and green pepper; cook until tender. Return meat to Dutch oven. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until flavors are blended, about 1-1/2 hours. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 444 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 703mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 10g fiber), 41g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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lazestcook User ID: 8505474 234196
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"Great chili. I did make some changes because of on hand ingredients or tastes of the family. I cut the recipe in half, used fire roasted diced tomatoes, can of mild green chilies, 1 can kidney beans and 1 can pinto beans, a packet of beef broth w/o water, a pinch of red pepper flakes and a splash of Worchestershire. The original recipe is a good basic chili with opportunity to make additions or subtractions; it worked for me. Turned out deliciously. We were pleased. Thanks for a great bowl of chili."

deegrange User ID: 1213022 62336
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"Best tasting chili ever"

yuehching User ID: 224401 58108
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"Good recipes. easy to make and perfect blend of flavors. I use diced tomatoes with green chilies instead of stewed tomatoes. My son loved it. Definitely I will make this again."

paminator User ID: 5048552 131076
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Made it for the first time last night & it was gone quick! I halved it as there are only four of us, but will definitely make the full batch next time. Had to add some salt & added some shredded cheddar, per kids' request. Loved by a picky adult, 10, & 5 yr olds."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 62335
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"Really good! This is a great full-flavored chili. If you want more heat, just add 1/4-1/2 tsp. ground cayenne. I also add salt to taste and a dash of worcestershire sauce. This is the only from-scratch chili I make."

sammycorny User ID: 3282426 64495
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Awesome recipe! Leftovers freeze nicely too!"

mrvnkng User ID: 986072 151361
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"Yummy! The only chili recipe I use now!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 5691206 58107
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Great tasting, hot & spicy, saves well, easy to make. I usually only use 3 lb ground sirloin so nothing to drain."

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