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Spicy Hearty Chili Recipe

Spicy Hearty Chili Recipe

"My husband, Jeff, makes THE BEST chili," says Melissa Newman of Danville, Pennsylvania. This recipe is chock-full of healthy vegetables and just enough "heat" to warm you to your toes! TIP: Sometimes the Newmans substitute ground venison or a ground venison-ground beef mix for the ground beef.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chopped green peppers
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped sweet red peppers
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • 1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the peppers, celery and jalapenos. Cook and stir for 8 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • 2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Yield: 10 servings (about 4-1/4 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups: 261 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 764mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 12g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 starch.

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barbhall1756 User ID: 2105942 90239
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"I have a chili recipe that I have used for years and this one is a close second. My husband puts hot sauce on almost everything so this has the zing he likes. I cut back on the jalapeno pepper...1 instead of 3...and it was plenty hot enough, even for him. He told me he couldn't imagine what 3 would taste like!!! So beware if you use 3 jalapenos!!!!"

mbgumydr1 User ID: 1756988 63751
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"I like this recipe (and I've tried a lot of recipes), but i did change some things; I added 1-2 tsp of sugar and substitute 1.5 cups salsa (whatever spice level you like) for the jalapeno peppers, just because my kids don't like food too hot."

ndb110 User ID: 1792166 207902
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"I have tried better chili recipes. This one was not bad, but not good enough to make again. It could be improved with more spice, maybe a little sweetness."

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