Firehouse Chili

"This is an excellent chili recipe. My husband is a chili lover and requests this about once a week in the Winter. It's a little on the hot/spicy side but you can adjust the amount of seasonings if you want it milder. I like to serve this with cornbread muffins and/or crackers. (Estimated prep time. Although it calls for cooking the chili 2 hours you can cook it on low for several hours)."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
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Ready In:
2hrs 30mins




  • Heat oil in a large pot. Brown together ground beef, onion and garlic; drain well.
  • Add all the spices along with the Ro-tel tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans and tomato juice. Mix well and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer 1/2 hour uncovered and 1-1/2 hours covered. (If too thick you can add additional tomato juice or water).

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  1. S. McCormick
    This is a great recipe. It was extremely easy to make. Both of my picky eaters ate it. My husband liked it so much he told me that I need to use this recipe from now on when making chili.
  2. Bill B.
    Several years ago I ran across this recipe and use it every year as the mainstay of our annual Christmas party. I use three times the ingredients and have expanded the list to include: 15 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes; !/4 tsp. Cinnamon; 1 tbsp Instant Coffee; 12 oz. Beer; 15 oz. can Corn; 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (diced). I also serve it alongside home made corn bread, white rice, chopped raw onions, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. The Cinnamon must be used sparingly or you'll taste it. But it is a real flavor enhancer as is the Instant Coffee, which not only adds a robust flavor bur color as well
  3. Chef Lee Cecilia
    I made this chili and entered it in the chili contest on my job and won first place. It was really easy to put together. I actually made to batches. I liked them both but on the second one I used a portion of the salt to season the beef as it was cooking. This made a difference in the final taste.
  4. SweetPeaBearClaw
    I just made this chili today and it is really good, but the rotel flavor is very strong and you know exactly what it is. I had also increased how much meat I used and used 4 types of beans using the 2 cans of Rotel which it calls for and the rotel taste was very strong. I will def make this again, but I'm going to leave the Rotel out and just use cayenne next time and see if I like that better. I also did not use any oil to brown the meat, I just added some water which worked perfectly. Maybe the flavors will meld more by tomorrow?
  5. goyeabean
    My search for a good chili is finally over! I wasn't sure the perfect chili was out there until I found yours. I did however double the spices because we love the extra chili flavor. I also added mushrooms and assorted bell peppers. The leftovers are excellent for nachos and freeze nicely.


  1. Bill B.
    See my comments ;-)...
  2. Cat Cooks
    I never made good chili until I made this recipe. Its the best I ever had. My 23 year old son made him a pot using ground turkey, he loved it. We did use Bush's pinto beans instead of the kidney beans. Great recipe. its a keeper
  3. PennyLane22
    This is my new go-to chili. It's so easy and delicious... really hits the spot. I substituted 2 cans of crushed tomatoes for the tomato juice and sauce, and it was perfect. Thanks for sharing!!
  4. Sherry  Carl
    My Husband and I loved this chili !!! Delicious ! I used 2 lbs ground beef. I left out the cayenne pepper because I didn't have any. I also substituted 1 large can of tomato puree for the tomato sauce and juice. It worked out beautifully. Thank you !
  5. meliann
    Excellent! I've been looking for a "go-to" chili recipe, and this is definitely it! I made a couple of changes, based on what I had on hand. I used a 20oz can of dark kidney beans. 1/4tsp crushed red pepper flakes instead of the cayenne, and a 10.5oz can of diced tomatoes with chilies.



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