Let me start off by saying, I am not very precise with measurements. I apologize in advance. There may be a lot of a dash here and a splash there in my recipes. This is why I’m not a baker. 🙂 As someone who loves to cook and try new things, I enjoy tweaking other people’s recipes to my own tastes. Keep tasting until it’s right. I expect you may want to do the same.

Amanda’s Chili


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef (Sometimes I use a mixture of ground beef and ground turkey)
  • 3 cans beans: 2 Hot Chili Beans, 1 Light Red Kidney Beans (Use what you like. Mild chili Beans. Dark Kidney Beans. Just make sure to use at least 2 cans of some type of chili flavored bean.)
  • 1-2 can(s) Rotel Mexican Style (Depending on how tomato-ey you like your chili. This ingredient is very important! Mexican style Rotel blows the other stuff out of the water. It may have a little kick to it though. If you don’t like spicy food let this be the only “hot” ingredient you add to the chili. Leave out the jalapenos and use mild chili beans.)


  • 1 14.5 ounce can of Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno
  • 1 large onion (I use what I have on hand- white, yellow, or red.)
  • 1 bell pepper (I prefer red, yellow, or orange bell peppers. Green bell peppers have a stronger flavor, but I will use one if I have to.)
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers (I prefer to add 2 whole diced jalapenos with seeds and all. I love spicy food. Unfortunately, other people who eat my food don’t have the same taste buds I do. So… I usually add 1 pepper with half of the seeds and white ribs taken out. Figure out what you like. You can always add more plain diced tomatoes if it’s too hot for you.)
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 bottle dark beer (Ex. BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout, Amber beer works. Light beer works. I just prefer dark.)
  • Or 1 cup of coffee
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Cumin (We’ll talk about amounts later.)
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Coriander
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Some kind of vinegar (I have literally put in balsamic before when I had nothing else. Apple cider or white vinegar. Whatever works.)
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • BBQ sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Liquid smoke

This is what do:

Chop onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Add to a big pot or dutch oven with a drizzle of olive oil and around a fourth of a cup of water. Add enough shakes of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder, to cover what’s in the pot. Let it cook down for around 5 minutes, then add jalapeno and meat. Break apart meat with a wooden spoon while covering it salt, pepper, and garlic powder. While the meat is starting to brown add about a tablespoon of paprika and cumin.



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