Monday, January 18, 2010

Award Winning Chili Recipe

I found this recipe some time ago in an old farming magazine. This is definitely not the Indiana chili that I am used to as it uses a ton of ingredients without an ounce of macaroni! However, I tweaked the original recipe a bit to my liking and am pretty sure this is the best chili around.

You may think I am exaggerating a bit with "award winning chili recipe." But I promise you...I am not. Not only is this chili that good, but my cousin really did make this recipe for a chili cook-off and won! If that's not proof, I don't know what is.

You need:

ground beef, onion, baked beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato juice, green pepper, red pepper, shredded cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, chili powder, corn muffin mix, milk, cream corn, and sugar

Now let's get cookin'!

1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with a little onion, salt, and pepper.

2. Transfer the meat to a large pot and add one large onion, chopped.

3. Add 1/2 C each green pepper and red pepper.

4. Add 1 can (16 oz.) diced tomatoes and 1 can (16 oz) tomato juice.

5. Add both 16 oz. cans of undrained beans, kidney and baked (I prefer Bush's Homestyle Baked Beans.)

6. Add 1 tsp. salt.

7. Add 1/2 TBS garlic powder.

8. Add 1/2 TBS chili powder.*

9. Add 1/2 TBS crushed red pepper.*

*Notice that I am a big wiener and did not add the full tablespoon of the chili powder or crushed red pepper. To each his own.

10. Stir the mixture well and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

11. In a separate bowl, add 2 cups of Jiffy corn muffin mix. (That's just about 2 boxes.)

12. Add one can of creamed corn.

13. Add 1/2 C sugar.

14. Add 1/2 C milk.

15. Mix the corn muffin mixture well.

16. Once the chili has cooked about 30 minutes, transfer it to a DEEP 13 X 9 baking dish.

17. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese on top.

18. Pour the corn muffin mixture evenly over the top and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

Oh, my. This stuff is so good. You get the perfect mix of heat, spice, flavor, and sweetness in every single bite. It's the perfect comfort food for a cold winter night.

If you decide to try this recipe, I'd love to hear what you think! And if you would like a printable copy of the recipe, just email me at

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teachergirl said...

That's a lot of chili for me to take a chance on. Perhaps we'll half the recipe. Does your cornbread get soggy? Can't have my Jiffy getting soggy - and I have had people try to take away my true status as a Southerner because I like sweet cornbread. But I say sweet tea, sweet cornbread! And it's going to be 64 degrees tomorrow, so we'll have to wait - you should have posted this last week when it was 16 degrees. Someone is trying to kills us with this weather. Have a happy holiday!

Martha said...

Wow, this looks delicious, thanks so much, JDM. Gee, can I bribe you to visit me and cook some up? I'll make dessert.

Lauren said...

It looks really good. I have never put baked beans or creamed corn into chili...that seems a bit odd to me. But I can try anything once!

Farming Fabulously said...

I love to try new chili recipes! This looks really tasty, thanks for sharing...

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Oh, my! Sounds great. Shoot me that recipe!!! I can put it on my recipe blog for all my readers to try!
★ Linda

sandy said...

Seriously, I am drooling! That looks so good!

Misty said...

That looks like a very cool recipe! May have to give that a whirl! I think my hubby would really dig that! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious...I would have to take a bunch of the yummy stuff out because of my fiance who is a beyond picky eater! Still would be delicioous!

ShaRhonda said...

Sounds delish, may have to try this one!

C and C Mommy said...

We ate your Spaghetti Casserole last family still raves about it. I will try this one too!

Julie said...

Sounds just awesome to me!

Farmchick said...

Looks yummy--I make something pretty similar to that! I am just out trying to catch up on what everyone is doing! Stop over soon for a visit. :) Have a goo day!!!!!!!!!!!

Blarney said...

That IS a LOT of ingredients! I've got one in my head that has like tops 5 things including noodles but maybe that's why I haven't won any awards.

Finding Normal said...

I have no idea why this post never showed in my reader, but this looks TREMENDOUS! Making PW's meatloaf tonight, I think, but will add this to my list of things to get to soon.
Now off to write down your party mix again!

Amy said...

Looks yummy. I am off to email you right now.