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Tailgating Chili

I don't know if anything says cold weather quite the way chili does. There are so many ways to prepare it. Everyone seems to have their own special "secret" recipe. I guess ours won't be so secret anymore. This chili was created quite a few years back for a chili cook-off. I am happy to report, it won. It has been entered in a few cook off's now and is always a clear winner. Try it, tweak it, and enjoy. It's great spooned over some cornbread, with Fritos, topped with sour cream and/or cheese or quite simply on it's own.

This chili also freezes wonderfully. It's a great quick meal after a day of holiday fun!!!

What's your go to recipe for cool weather?

INGREDIENTS 2 pounds ground chuck 1 pound italian sausage (casings removed) 3 cans chili beans 1 can spicy chili beans 2 28oz cans diced tomatoes 1 6oz can tomato paste 1 onion 3 stalks celery 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 2 jalapeños, chopped 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1/2 cup smoked broth (or regular broth of choice) 1/4 cup chili powder 1 T Worcester sauce 1 T minced garlic 1T dried oregano 2 t cumin 1 T Hot pepper sauce 1 T molasses 1 t basil 1 t salt 1 t black pepper 1 t paprika

DIRECTIONS 1. Brown chuck and sausage in stock pot until browned. Add chopped peppers, celery and onion; cook stirring until softened. Add chili beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, bacon, smoked broth, chili powder, Worcester sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce and molasses. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add rest of ingredients. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 2 hours. 2. Serve with favorite condiments and enjoy!!!

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