I am finally posting my Hot Rod’s Famous Chili recipe. This is THE recipe that really got me into food blogging as well as published my first cookbook. I made the first incarnation of this recipe well over 10 years ago. Through trial and error, and tons of feedback from family and friends, this is what I ended up with.
Over the years I even entered this recipe into a couple of local Chili Cook-offs competitions. I can proudly say that I have never ranked less than 3rd and have finished first several times.
Now I'm sure some of you are looking at the ingredients and thinking that this chili is too complicated to make but it really isn't!
I realize that Chili is very subjective so while some of you may absolutely love this chili recipe, I am sure some of you may not care for it. That's ok because I have a bunch of other of my chili recipes already posted.
According to the International Chili Society, there are several categories of Chili: Traditional Red Chili, Chili Verde, Homestyle Chili, and, believe it or not, Salsa. They stipulate that Homestyle Chili is the only category of chili that allows the use of "fillers" such as beans and pasta.
That being said, Chili Appreciation Society International, does not appear to categorize the chili, but adamantly forbids beans and other nonstandard ingredients, like macaroni, rice, and hominy.
🥓 How to Make Bacon
If you struggle to make bacon perfectly, I've put together a short tutorial on How to Make Perfect Bacon - 3 Ways. Check it out! My preferred method is baking it in the oven.
And don't throw away that bacon grease! Bacon is expensive and the grease is great for making Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Cheese, Popcorn and even hash browns. It can keep up to 3 months if properly stored in the refrigerator.
If you love both Chili and Copycat Recipes, I highly recommend you try my Wendy's Copycat Chili or my Delicious Tex-Mex Chili recipe. You won't regret it! Another great recipe you need to try is my Corn Burritos with Red Sauce.
🥃 Alcohol WarningPlease take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, parents, and others who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol.
💭 Ingredient Substitution
If you prefer not to use alcohol, in this case, a bottle of beer, you can substitute for an equal amount of Apple Juice! I've made this Chili Recipe with Apple Juice on several occasions and several people commented that they prefer the Apple Juice version over the Beer.
🐄 How to Handle Raw Beef
Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
🌶 How to Handle Hot Peppers
The capsaicin in hot peppers is what makes peppers hot. If you handle hot peppers gloveless, it’s a guarantee that you’re in for a nasty case of chili burn, both on your fingers and anywhere you rub. Like your face. Ouch!
Even if you wear disposable gloves, be careful about what you touch. The gloves are going to protect your fingers, but touching any part of your body with the gloves after you’ve handled hot peppers can lead to severe chili burn. Resist the temptation to rub your eyes. Wait until you’ve removed your gloves and washed your hands thoroughly with soap.
🌡️ How Hot are the Peppers
The Scoville Scale is the measurement that tells you the spiciness of a given type of pepper.
|Pepper Type||Spiciness Rating|
|Bell Pepper||0 on the Scoville Scale|
|Banana Pepper||0-500 on the Scoville Scale|
|Poblano Pepper||1000-1500 on the Scoville Scale|
|Jalapeño Pepper||2500-8000 on the Scoville Scale|
|Tabasco & Cayenne||30,000-50,000 on the Scoville Scale|
|Habanero Pepper||100,000-300,000 on the Scoville Scale|
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📋 What ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make Hot Rod's Famous Chili recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ground Beef, Italian Sausage, Chili Beans, Pinto Beans, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Petite Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Yellow Onion, Celery Stalks, Green Bell Pepper, Red Bell Pepper, Jalapeños, Bacon, Beer, Red Lager, Chili Powder, Worcestershire Sauce, Garlic, Oregano, Ground Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Light Brown Sugar, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Squares, Spicy Mustard, Better Than Bouillon and Hot Sauce.
🥣 How to make Hot Rod’s Famous Chili
In a large pot, add onion, ground beef and sausage and cook until brown. Drain fat.
Add all vegetables to pot and stir. Add drained canned beans and canned tomatoes and stir.
Stir in spices, sugar, chocolate, mustard and better than bouillon and stir until well combined.
Add hot sauce to taste.
Add bacon and beer, stir and cover. Let simmer for a couple of hours stirring occasionally.
Hot Rod’s Famous Chili
- 2 lbs Ground Beef, Cubed
- 1 lbs Italian Sausage , Spicy Hot
- 15 oz Chili Beans
- 15 oz Pinto Beans, Rinsed and Drained
- 15 oz Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
- 15 oz Red Kidney Beans, Rinsed and Drained
- 30 oz Petite Diced Tomatoes
- 6 oz Tomato Paste
- 1 Large Yellow Onion, Diced
- 3 Celery Sticks, Diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
- 3 Fresh Jalapeño, Finely Diced
- 2 Cups Bacon, Cooked and Chopped
- 12 oz Beer, Red Lager
- ½ Cup Chili Powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Garlic Clove, Minced
- 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
- 2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
- 3 Semi-Sweet Chocolate Squares
- 1 tablespoon Spicy Brown Mustard
- 1 ½ tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Beef Flavor,
- Frank's RedHot Original Hot Sauce, To Taste
- In a large pot, add onion, ground beef and sausage and cook until brown. Drain fat.
- Add all vegetables to pot and stir. Add drained canned beans and canned tomatoes and stir.
- Add spices, sugar, chocolate, mustard and better than bouillon and stir until well combined.
- Add hot sauce to taste.
- Add bacon and beer, stir and cover. Let simmer for a couple of hours stirring occasionally.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.