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Spicy Chili

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.


12 servings (3 quarts)

This recipe is the culmination of several years' worth of experimenting to get just the right flavor. For those who like their chili very hot, the secret is to add more jalapenos. The most I ever used in a recipe was five...was it ever spicy - Liesha Hoek, Somerset, New Jersey


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
Sprinkle individual servings of Spicy Chili with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped onion if you like. Plus, a dollop of sour cream can cut some of the spiciness.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 256 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 669mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Joanna
    Apr 19, 2020

    Made this yesterday and it was amazing, even with the substitutes and missing ingredients. I didn't have the Italian sausage and only had one can of diced tomatoes for the three cans of stewed called for, so I added more water and about 2 tablespoons of ketchup. I didn't have the spicy mustard so I substituted two packets of Chinese hot mustard that I had saved from Chinese takeout. I had two cans of black beans that I used, rinsed and drained, in place of the kidney beans. I used 4 jalapenos, seeded and deveined. I will be making this again!

  • Mike
    Jan 1, 2020

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  • Daniel
    Sep 30, 2019

    Wow. I like to add a little more heat. But this recipe is a good base to start from to add any extra toppings or ingredients.

  • Daniel
    Mar 19, 2018

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  • Amber
    Sep 29, 2017

    This is my favorite chili recipe. My family loves it too, we love spicy food. I don't add the mustard or vinegar though and I add an extra can of beans, extra jalepe?o and extra onion. The flavor combinations of the sausage and ground beef are perfect! Oh, I also add more cumin than the recipe calls for.

  • Tayler1
    Jul 7, 2016

    This chilli is delicious! I made a few small changes when making it myself... extra onion, don't rinse the beans and add an extra can, and cover when simmering. I like my chilli kind of soupy because I usually pair it with cornbread. Easy to make and the family loves it! :)

  • Topher555
    Jan 14, 2016

    I decided I wanted to try to make homemade chili for the first time so I figured I would look up recipes when I came across this. It caught my eye by the name because I love spicy food so I decided to try it. The first time I made it I added the sausage as it says in the directions but was not a huge fan. That definitely did not stop me from finishing the pot though. I decided to make it again but modified it by not adding sausage but doubling up on the beef instead and adding an extra can of beans. Much better. There were a couple ingredients I did not add such as oregano and brown mustard both times but it was absolutely delicious and will definitely continue to use this recipe.

  • BeachPeach
    Oct 10, 2015

    My family loves spicy chili and this recipe has replaced our all-time favorite! Although I plan to follow the recipe exactly next time, I did have to make a few substitutions for ingredients on hand. I used half lean ground beef and half ground turkey, but I'm sure it would be better with the sausage (which would be spicy turkey sausage for us). I had no jalapenos, so I drained a can of Rotel tomatoes and used that instead. This was fabulous!!

  • MyrnaR
    Jan 7, 2015

    First time trying this recipe, I will have to say it was very good!! Recommend it! I left out the mustard and vinegar, added everything else .. Very good! will definitely make again.

  • Firefly 3044
    May 16, 2014

    Very good! Will make again.