Award-Winning Beef Chili Recipe
Chili Cook-Off Winning Beef Chili Recipe. There are SECRET ingredients that make this a winning chili recipe. How to make the best chili around! People will be begging for the recipe and want to know your secrets.
This is hands-down our family's favorite beef chili recipe. It is super simple and made with layers of flavor and two secret ingredients. This is what makes it so unique and why it is such a crowd favorite.
Having the ultimate chili recipe in your repertoire is pretty darn important! Chili competitions are a big deal and this recipe just may win you the coveted top prize. It did for me and hopefully, you will come home with the bragging rights too.
The secret ingredients -- Dr. Pepper (or your favorite soda such as Coke or even root beer) and ranch dressing powder! You just need to trust me on this one -- they make all the difference!
The beauty of a simple bowl of chili is the infinite number of possibilities that make it anything but simple. Just set out some white bowls, fill them with Mexican cheeses, sour cream, cilantro, fresh lime, green onions, tortilla strips, and creamy avocado and you have a Texas-sized chili bar that will please the masses.
This is the recipe that I used to win a few Chili Cook-Off Contests. It's all about the secret ingredients that make the huge difference! Here is the proof....
When I go to Chipotle, I order the same thing every single time. I basically put everything (I mean everything) they offer in my fajita bowl and it becomes a huge masterpiece. When I go with my "picky" friend, I watch in bewilderment as she orders rice, chicken, and cheese. That's it. This is where the beauty lies in a chili bar because your guests can pile it sky high with toppings or keep it simple.
How to make the best beef chili:
This recipe has few MVP ingredients which sets it apart. Can you guess what makes this chili so unique and prize worthy? Well, I will share the secret....a big ol can of Dr. Pepper does the trick. Let all my soda lovers out there rejoice! You can also use Coke or Root Beer, if you can believe it. I have tried all 3 sodas in this chili recipe and they've all been successful but DP may be my personal favorite.
The other secret ingredient is definitely ranch dressing powder. It adds such a fresh and creamy flavor. It is a huge game changer!
It's good hearty "man food" (don't worry...ladies like it too) and is hands down one of my husband's favorite meals and the perfect accompaniment to a cold winter's day. The best news is that it not only tastes good, it's lightning-fast to put together.
The key to this recipe is to season as you go along. When you add salt and pepper to the ground beef as it's cooking, it seals in the flavor so each component is savory. Feel free to taste away and add more spice if you can handle it! Spice is good.
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Now go light a fire, snuggle in a blanket with your bowl of warm chili, and watch the big game with your friends and family. Oh...and bring home a big trophy at the next Chili Cook-Off too.
I've now won the office chili cook off with this recipe two years running. I add a pound of pork breakfast sausage and a can of green chilies. Perfect every time.
Thank you for sharing! We used your recipe in my husband’s chili cookoff at work. We added a little more beans and chili powder - and dog gone it, it placed 1st out of 9!!
Warning on the "double" recipe feature. It doubles the portions AND the size of the items. Thankfully I noticed the errors and know how to multiply. I can't wait to serve this up though!
I browned the hamburger in a skillet, then put it in a crockpot, with all the other ingredients and let it do it’s thing all day. Came out excellent.
Do you think you could modify it to cook it in the crockpot? (Making it for a party). Or would you just make it as normal then transfer it to crockpot as just use crockpot as a warmer?
Just came to my fav place to find a good chili and sure enough, it was perfection! Love you and your recipes!
This is truly the most delicious chili I have ever tasted, just like all of Modern Honey’s recipes, nothing unusual about that. I wanted to get brunch on the stove early, before I ran out of steam after walking the dogs this morning. Even before the flavors have fully developed I am tasting it and different flavor notes hit around my mouth. So yummy. Thanks!! Made a big cast iron skillet of cornbread to go with it and have all the fixings.
I made this last night with diet Dr. Pepper and it was fantastic. I'll be making this again. . Thank you
How many bowls does this make, please?
Fantastic recipe. I added Cayenne Pepper. It was so good my husband said Ive gone from making the wolds worst chili to the best! Thanks so much. Loved it
I want to try this but I like chunky tomatoes on mine? Would that change the taste If I add some stewed tomatoes that I smash with my hand?
I make your recipe exactly like you do and we think it’s perfect, it’s absolutely delicious.
I would not consider changing one thing, we love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe with us.
Do you add water or beef broth for the liquid? Or is just the tomato paste ok?
This wasn’t my type of chili but it DID win the chili contest at my work. I added an additional can of beans, (one can kidney and one can cannelloni), used 16 oz of Dr.Pepper, subbed garlic powder for the garlic salt and added a 6oz can of tomato paste. I put in about 1t each salt and pepper to start and ended up adding the extra 4 oz of soda because it was too salty (and I’m a salt goddess, so, yeah...go easy on the additional salt).
How would you thicken this?
Sounds so simple and delicious, what tomato sauce do you recommend though??
Took this to a chili cook off and it won 3rd place! I was proud! The first place had ghost peppers and apparently the judges liked HOT HOT. lol. My husband absolutely LOVES this chili. Today makes the third time I'm making it in just 2 weeks.
First thing, I don’t like chili, but this is a game changer! I mKe this weekly in the fall and winter! I follow the recipe exactly and it is the best!
Hi, Melissa. I am going to try your recipe for our school’s fundraiser chili cook-off. Would you be able to approximate how much chili this recipe makes in terms of quarts? I wasn’t sure how much you estimate for 1 serving of chili (1 cup or more?). Many thanks!
Can you substitute ground turkey? I don’t eat red meat but this recipe looks so yummy!