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Wild West Chili

My sister-in-law, who has cooked for many years at the family ranch, shared this hearty recipe with me. I make it often during the winter-it sure can warm you up after being outside doing chores!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 70 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef or venison
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 to 5 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup each finely chopped celery, onion and carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown bacon and the beef or venison; drain. Add the seasonings; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, celery, onion, carrots and green pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Stir in beans; cook 30 minutes longer.

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  • John
    Jan 3, 2021

    First off, this is HAND'S DOWN, the best Chili I have ever had. Back in 2015 when my Sisters Mother-in-Law was laying sick, (and eventually being called home) my Sisters Co-Worker had brought over a giant pan of Chili. At first I thought it was odd looking with all the carrots and stuff in it. I am use to Mom's Chili growing up, which was your basics, Ground Beef, Chili Powder, Tomatos and Tomato Juice. That's how she still makes it to this day. However, once I tried this Wild West Chili, I couldn't stop eating it. I had to force myself not to have a 3rd bowl because the Chili was brought over for family and friends, not just ME! lol. Ok, so I use to find it so annoying when people would type in their reviews that "The only thing I would change"....But I realized that its not a bad thing. People are experimenting and making it their own.So, on that note here are the changes that I make. 1. I double up the Bacon of course. 2. I use one full cup of each of the veggies, (Carrots, Green Pepper, Onion & Celery) 3. I like my Chili a little more on the soupy side, so when I add the raw fresh veggies, I also add 2-5.5oz (Or 12 ounces) can's of Original Regular V-8 Juice. Ok, I am done rambling. THANK YOU to whoever created and then decided to share this amazing Chili Recipe.

  • dieter's mom
    Apr 8, 2016

    Made just as stated except left out the cayenne pepper as we didn't have any in the house. This was possibly the BEST chili we ever ate. Only change I would make is to fry the bacon crispy & then add the venison.

  • demi18
    Sep 30, 2013

    I made this chili for my son's first birthday party which had a western theme. It was a hit! Everyone wanted the recipe. It was fine just as it was but I did add cumin and beer. Will definitely make it again. This is a keeper!

  • Shoes58
    Dec 10, 2010

    well, when the other half raves about a chili it has to be a winner. followed the recipe exactly and it was fine! will do again but will probably play with it a little. it will be a good football dinner dish.

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