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Spicy Chili Recipe

Spicy Chili Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 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; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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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Tayler1 User ID: 8890112 250192
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8698523 241769
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8564522 234293
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8202897 217196
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7016113 107529
Reviewed May. 16, 2014

"Very good! Will make again."

hulaboy01 User ID: 7520283 27639
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013 Edited Nov. 22, 2015

"I made this a couple of weeks back and everyone at worked Loved it. I did add a few things. 1 TBL of cayenne, (1) 28 ounce of tomato sauce, and 1 TBL of smoked paprika. This time I'm deleting the cayenne but adding 1 TBL of ground Thai peppers. I'll let ya know how this turns out :) I let this chili cook in a slow cooker for 2 days. the heat kinda dissipated . so this time I followed the direction somewhat. a half hour before serving I added 5 more ground up thai peppers. I did add half the tomato sauce."

putthefuinfun User ID: 7365274 34070
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"i actually used the base of this recipe for a food challenge for my friend. I put in 3 tblspn of Cayenne and 5 jalapeno peppers along with 2 drops of pure capsasin. I also used pork mixed with the beef. You get a better taste that way. Lean and fatty at the same time. This is a very decent beginners recipe for chili."

eztommyd User ID: 7150123 83793
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"Excellent recipe. I used sweet italian sausage and vidalia onions to counter the heat because.......I added two ghost chili peppers. It was phenomenal!"

kkutz User ID: 4198388 33382
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011


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