Lynn's Lip-Smackin' Chipotle Chili

Lynn's Lip-Smackin' Chipotle Chili


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This recipe began with a family chili cook-off. My Dad and I love to cook and are both very competitive. I so badly wanted to beat my Dad. Other family members were also competing and unfortunately I didn’t best my Dad that day so I was more determined to make a spectacular chili that would be loved by all. My chili recipe has now become a family favorite. I wanted to test it outside the family, so I decided to find a chili recipe contest. I came across this one on, so I decided to give it a go. This soul filling chili is so hearty and delicious yet so simple to make. It tastes as though it has been cooking for hours and the smell that fills the house is intoxicating. The smoky chipotles give it an authentic yet subtle flavor that will have you going back for more. You can dress it up with sour cream, cheese, and green onions or make it casual with a side of cornbread or Fritos, but it can stand alone just fine.

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Dallas, TX

Time needed

10 min preparation + 50 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

8 cups


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 Tbs. cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 sm. chipotles in adobo sauce (1 Tbs.), seeded, minced, and mashed with back of spoon into a paste
  • two 15-oz. cans hot chili beans, 1 can drained
  • one 14.5-oz. can Del Monte Zesty chili style Diced Tomatoes
  • one 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 C. beef broth
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbs. light brown sugar
  • Optional Toppings:
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • green onion tops

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Combine the spices (cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes) in small bowl and set aside. Brown the ground beef in large Dutch oven or chili pot. Drain fat if desired. Add the beef broth, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chipotle paste to the beef. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and the bowl of spices to the pot. Stir and simmer 20 minutes. Add brown sugar to pot. Stir well. Simmer 10-15 minutes, or until desired consistency. Serve and garnish as desired.

Reviews (1)

  • Very, very good AND especially easy. Made twice and second time substituted a roast I had on hand, cut into very small pieces. No other changes were necessary except time for cooking the roast meat, just a little longer. Next will try in my crock pot.

    Flag as inappropriate hopefulchef  |  January 4, 2011

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