Over the years I have tried more chili recipes than I can count on both hands trying to find the perfect mix of flavors to suit the Hubs. I’ve tried countless homemade recipes and many mixes before altering this Chili recipe numerous times.
He wanted the chili thick but still ‘soupy’. He wanted spicy, but not too spicy. And, yes, to beans. And I finally figured out he doesn’t like the taste a masa even though he insisted that he did.
Don’t let the name, First Place Chili, fool you. I’ve never won a competition with it. This recipe has simply come in first place with Hubs after many, many attempts at perfecting chili.
Hearty and spicy, First Place Chili is the perfect cold weather dinner. It's a tasty, quick dinner that made in one pot with plenty of leftovers.
- 1 lb pork sausage regular flavor
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large onion chopped
- 10 oz can diced tomatoes w/ green chiles Rotel tomatoes
- 16 oz c chili beans
- 1 can beans Any beans will work; use your favorite. I used chili and great Northern today.
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 3 T chili powder adjust to your liking this is what I've found we like
- 1 T ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 T masa harina instant corn masa mix- this will make it thicker. You can leave this out
- Place sausage, beef and onion in a large stew pot over med heat and cook until meat is browned and onions tender (about 15 min). Break meat into crumbles as it cooks. Drain off excess fat. Mix the diced tomatoes, chili beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt paprika, oregano, garlic powder and cayenne pepper (and masa harina, if using). Bring the chili to a simmer and reduce heat. Simmer for at least an hour. Or mix all ingredients in a slow-cooker and simmer for 4 hours on low.