The Best Chili You Will Ever Taste

"This is the best chili recipe I have ever tried. I'm not sure where the recipe originated, but it is amazing! Sometimes, I don't bother adding all four cans of the kidney beans and it still turns out wonderful. Once anyone tastes this chili, they will be begging for the recipe!! Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 30mins




  • Heat oil.
  • Cook onions, garlic and meat until brown.
  • Add tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste and beef broth.
  • Add spices Stir in 2 cans of kidney beans and peppers.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add 2 remaining cans of kidney beans and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. tvc15
    This is listed as an award winning chili. As I am a former judge at chili cookoffs, could you tell me what award this has won? Maybe it's a Texas thing, but this does not meet a lot of criteria to enter our competitions. It sounds deliciously different and I'm going to try it (sans beans and sugar). Just curious about the award thing.
  2. stephenb2006
    What can I substitute for the beer which I don't keep in the house.
  3. Elizabeth L.
    What kind of chili sauce do you recommend? There are so many options.
  4. Samantha C.
    I've never used coffee in chili before, I'm not sure, I don't want to ruin the whole dish by adding it and regretting it afterwards !
  5. Mikki
    Has anyone tried this in an Instant Pot?


  1. BellesArizona
    When you call yourself the Best, you have alot to live up to and this chili just doesn't live up to the hype. Way too sweet and far too much emphasis on beer and coffee for flavor. Chili should taste like chili.. smoky, slightly sweet, spicy and a warm bite. This just doesn't cut it for me. Sorry.
  2. ncage
    This why i hate some3times trying to find recipes on the internet. I actually found this recipe on allrecipes and i it sounded good but after trying it i beg to differ. Like some other reviews said its way to sweet. Ive used 1-2 tbsp of brown sugar before which is just fine but 1/2 cup is WAY to much. I do admit it does get a little better the next day but its still not that great.
  3. Sophisticated Taste
    This is a sweet version of chili and doesn't compare to a true smoky Texas chili.
  4. Brian Damage
    I have made this recipe several times with a couple of slight modifications, and everyone who has tasted it has loved it - many people have asked me for my version of the recipe. For starters, I use chuck instead of sirloin for superior beefy flavor. I also do not use any of the sugar. I also add 1 tsp of hickory flavored liquid smoke. Here's the whole ingredients list:<br/><br/>2 onions, chopped<br/><br/>10 or more cloves garlic, minced<br/><br/>2-3 lbs ground beef<br/><br/>2-3 lbs chuck steak, cut into small cubes, most of the fat removed.<br/><br/>2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes<br/><br/>1 cup strong coffee or a couple of teaspoons of instant espresso<br/><br/>2 (12 ounce) cans tomato paste<br/><br/>1 can beef broth (or 1 TBsp of "better than broth" beef base and 12 oz of water)<br/><br/>3 1/2 tablespoons Heinz chili sauce (about 1/2 of a regular-sized bottle)<br/><br/>1 tablespoon ground cumin<br/><br/>2 tablespoons cocoa powder<br/><br/>1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves<br/><br/>1 tablespoon ground cayenne<br/><br/>1 tablespoon ground coriander<br/><br/>1 tablespoon onion powder<br/><br/>1 - 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper<br/><br/>1 tablespoon salt (or to taste)<br/><br/>1 teaspoon hickory flavor liquid smoke<br/><br/>6 - 8 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans etc - make it as beany as you want - don't drain them unless the chili is already too runny
  5. dblock33
    I have never rated anything before and wasn't even signed up with but I was so dissapointed with this recipe that I changed my mind and signed up. Too sweet and too much cumin. Just not right. Won't make again. Definitely not the best chili I ever tasted.


  1. wneiburg
    It's Chili Powder!!!! Not Chili Sauce. I've been using this recipe for about 20 years and have always used Chili Powder. The people that complained that this recipe is way too sweet makes sense if you used Chili Sauce!!
  2. Debra W.
    I use black beans. My non-bean loving family members, love this receipe. I get requests to make it all the time.
  3. Jenelle B.
    I eliminate the brown sugar - great recipe!
  4. Allison Williams
    I brown the meat, onions, and garlic on the stove top and then just stick it in the crock pot all day (8-10 hrs) all day on low. When doing that, I'll add all of the beans at the beginning, but I do go with 2 cans kidney and 2 cans pinto. I use home made (hot) chili sauce. I'll typically throw in a variety of sauces made from tabasco, cayenne, and habanero from the garden. For a "smoky" flavor, we'll char the 4 larger fresh chili peppers on the grill before chopping.
  5. jan d.
    Way too sweet. No one in our household cared for it. Disappointing.



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