AB’s Ultimate Chili

Welcome to a chili experience like no other! In this culinary adventure, we’re diving into the world of hearty, flavorful, and downright delicious chili. AB from Smokin and Grillin wit AB is here to guide you through creating the ultimate chili that will become a family favorite and the star of your gatherings.

Chili isn’t just a meal; it’s a celebration of flavors and a testament to comfort. Imagine a simmering pot filled with a rich blend of spices, tender meat, and wholesome beans, creating an aroma that fills your kitchen and sets your taste buds tingling. This chili is a crowd-pleaser, a bowl of warmth and satisfaction that brings people together. Whether it’s a cozy night in or a festive gathering, this dish is your ticket to culinary acclaim.


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (optional for heat)
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Guide:

  • In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat.
  • Add chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  • Incorporate kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste into the pot.
  • Add the minced jalapeno for a spicy kick (optional).
  • Pour in beef broth and stir in chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cocoa powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 45 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For an extra depth of flavor, let the chili simmer on low heat for several hours or even better, overnight.
  • Experiment with different types of ground meat like turkey or sausage to personalize your chili.
  • Consider adding a splash of beer or coffee for a unique twist.


  1. Vegetarian Chili: Replace meat with a medley of colorful vegetables.
  2. White Chicken Chili: Substituting chicken for beef creates a milder, equally delicious option.
  3. Spicy Black Bean Chili: Amp up the heat with extra jalapenos and black beans.
  4. Three-Bean Turkey Chili: A leaner alternative with ground turkey and a trio of beans.
  5. Smoky Chipotle Chili: Infuse a deep, smoky flavor with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
  6. Sweet Potato Chili: Add a hint of sweetness and extra nutrients with diced sweet potatoes.
  7. Beer and Bratwurst Chili: Elevate your chili game with the rich, malty flavor of beer and hearty bratwurst.
  8. Italian Sausage Chili: Incorporate Italian sausage for a zesty and flavorful twist.
  9. Pumpkin Spice Chili: Embrace the fall vibes with a touch of pumpkin spice.
  10. Tex-Mex Chili: Introduce a Texan flair with corn, black beans, and Tex-Mex spices.

What to Serve With Chili:

  1. Cornbread
  2. Fritos or Tortilla Chips
  3. Shredded Cheese
  4. Sour Cream
  5. Chopped Green Onions
  6. Avocado Slices
  7. Cilantro Leaves
  8. Pickled Jalapenos
  9. Lime Wedges
  10. Rice

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  1. In a large pot, cook the bacon until crisp, stirring often to cook evenly.

  2. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.

  3. Add the onions and peppers and cook until tender.

  4. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain off any excess grease.

  5. Add all of the remaining ingredients and 3/4 of the bacon, stir to combine.

  6. Cook for a minimum of 45 minutes. For optimal flavor, simmer all day or as long as possible.

  7. Serve with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and the remaining bacon. Enjoy!


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