Award Winning Chili Recipe

Award Winning Chili Recipe

This Award Winning Chili Recipe won me 1st place at a fund raising Chili Cook Off the last 2 years (2011 and 2012). I beat out 11 other Chili’s with this recipe last year and 8 other chili’s this year. This is a hot chili recipe, so if you aren’t a big fan of Spicy Chili, I recommend cutting the spices back some and making adjustments from there.

4.6 from 28 reviews
Award Winning Chili Recipe
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Recipe type: Chili Recipe
Cuisine: Award Winning Chili Recipe
Serves: 8+
  • 1 lb of Pork Sausage
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef
  • 2 cans of Chili Beans
  • 1 can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 15 ounce jar of salsa (medium or hot)
  • 1 12 ounce jar of Chili Sauce
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 medium Onion - Diced small
  • 1 green pepper - Diced small
  • 1 Tbl spoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tbl spoons of olive oil
  • 3 Tbl spoons of Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbl of Cumin
  • 1 Tbl of Seasoning Salt
  • 1 Tbl of Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbl Tabasco Sauce
  • 1 package of Taco Seasoning
  • ⅛ cup chopped Jalapenos (optional)
  1. Saute diced onions and green pepper in Olive oil and minced garlic until soft. Add these to crock pot.
  2. Brown pork and then hamburger (separately). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add this meat to the crock pot.
  3. Add absolutely everything else to the crock pot. Adjust seasonings to taste. Chopped Jalapenos can be added for more heat (careful, this is spicy as is)
  4. Cook in a crock pot for a minimum of 2 hours on high.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese, chopped raw onion, sour cream, crackers, maple syrup, etc.
  6. Enjoy!

Award Winning Chili Ingredients

Chli recipe ingredients

Award Winning Chili

award winning chili recipe


  1. Mike Larson says:

    Tried the recipe today at a cookoff at work. We had 7 entries and I got more votes for his batch than he other 6 entries, combined! I omitted the jalapenos, and it still had a satisfying heat. Best of all, while spicy, you were still able to get a great flavor profile. Coarse-grind ‘chili’ burger gave it a nice meaty texture, as well. Great recipe!

  2. Abner Collazo says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am putting it to work tonight! If I wanted to make about 4 servings as opposed to 8 like the ingredient list calls for, should I just cut the quantity of everything in half?

  3. stephanie says:

    Delicious tried this today! Was thinking of subbing out the pork sausage for ground turkey, do you think that would be alright? Have a few friends who HATE pork (I know, I dont get it either)

  4. Beth w. says:

    Wanted to let you know I used this recipe with just two small tweaks and won my first ever chili contest! Only changes I made was I used chipotle Tabasco (all I had at the time) and only put in a heaping teaspoon of jalape├▒o. I cooked it in the crockpot, then refrigerated it for a day and reheated it for the competition. It was one of 11 entries and the previous winner was a 2 time champion and I WON!!! Thanks for your recipe and clear instructions.

  5. Todd says:

    Dude! I am making this now. I’m making on the stove though. Been simmering for about ten minutes . Just tasted it. Wow! Freaking amazing!

  6. Nathan sack says:

    I used this chilli formula but rather took out beef and pork and included lean ground turkey. It was awesome.

    Thank you so much for sharing

    Nathan sack
    Halifax Nova Scotia

  7. Bruce says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I have a couple of questions. My local stores don’t have “Rotel”. Can you describe what this is so I may substitute? and regarding the salsa does it need to be jar’d like the typical grocery store stuff? or would the home made style salsa in the tubs be better? they seem more home made than the jars. And my last is if I want to make a smaller amount of chili do I cut everything in half??

    • Vinnie says:

      Ro-Tel is just tomatos and green chili peppers. Ask your store manager. If you’re in the U.S., I’m sure it’s near you.

  8. Sal Tonan says:

    Hello – I used your recipe in a chili cook off this past Saturday and won it hands down. There was nothing left of the chili it was completely devoured. The only variation of the recipe was that I used 2 cans of baked beans in tomato sauce which added some sweetness.

    • Cindy says:

      What do you mean by baked beans in tomato sauce … Im going to do this recipe for a contest this weekend and I’d like to do the same … thanks.

  9. F J says:

    THANKS for the post. I had a chili cook off at my job on Friday 10/24. I used your recipe and won 1ST PLACE!!!

    Thanks a TON!


      • Conrad says:

        I had two bowls today and there’s plenty left for the week, if you served with salad and bread there would be more than enough. One bowl is very filling, but you could add a couple more cans of beans, eg. 1 more can of chilli and kidney beans since they have their own liquid it would make slightly more.

  10. mike lessley says:

    This is the best chili ever.I’m going to enter a chili cook-off at work 11/14/2014 and if I don’t take first I’ll be surpised.Where did you get that recipe?Thank you very much—-Mike

  11. Debra says:

    I too used your recipe and won 1st place in a company chili cook~off on 11/14/2014 and there were a total of 10 entries. Thank you so very much!
    The win included a very nice prize…. thank you~thank you~thank~you!
    How kind of you to share!

  12. G C says:

    Can you say greatest chilli ever?! I’ve made this chilli about 3 times, after never having made any chilli before, for my family and they loved it. But today I put the “award winning” part to the test by entering a work chilli cook off contest and out of 12 contestants I WON!! Just like other posts before it was the first one gone and they scraped the pot clean! Your chilli is the bomb and you are the man! Thank you for OUR award winning chilli.

  13. S.F. Bay Area Gal says:

    I just got this enamel cast iron dutch oven and was dyeing to use it. It so gooooood. Yields a lot though. Just me and the hubby. Does it freeze well?

  14. calea says:

    Making this tomorrow night. Looking forward to it. I like how these are everyday ingredients, nothing funky. Happy New year and thank you for sharing this worth us

  15. Stephanie says:

    My boyfriend and I made this for his chili cook off and won first place. This is an amazing chilli recipe. Thank you for it!!

  16. Rick says:

    As a foodie, I have tried many chili recipes in the past. Many from FoodNetwork, and even the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. This recipe, without a doubt, tops them all. Was skeptical at first, but after the first taste, was blown away! It’s the only recipe I use now, at home and for take out parties. All who have tried it, love it! If you are a chili fanatic, then this recipe is a must. Thanks Jason

  17. Judy says:

    I made chili with this recipe..
    It was AMAZING !!!!!
    Hands down best chili I have EVER made.

    I work in a restaurant…
    And I know food…
    This recipe was slammin !!!!!

  18. Matt says:

    Made this recipe for a Superbowl party and it was gone in a matter of minutes with everyone asking for the recipe. Hot but not overpowering and leaves with nice warm finish. There is a lot going on taste wise but it all comes together perfectly. Thank you for posting. If there are any doubters out there, just try it…you won’t be disappointed.

  19. Seminarian says:

    I took all of these ingredients, multiplied them times 20, and cooked this chili for 165 guys. The chili turned out to be a real hit! I got an astonishing number of compliments about the chili, including chili lovers telling me that this was the best chili they have ever eaten in their life!

  20. joe says:

    Just used your recipe , 3/14/15, at our first church Chile cook off. Won first place and all chili was all ate. Thanks

  21. Cookie says:

    Thank you for your recipe, this was the Best Chili I’ve ever had or made! I made your Chili last week for my household.. upon request & demand I made it Again this week, everyone loves it. I used all of your listed ingredients, the only thing I did differently was I did not use my crock pot, I cooked it stovetop. Thank u again.. Ive added your YouTube link to my Facebook page for the Best Chili Ever.. Keep Winning!!

  22. J Russell says:

    Thank you so much for it this recipe. Entered it in a Chili Cook-off today at work and won 1 st place. It won out of 6 chili’s. Great recipe.

  23. brian bell says:

    further update I’ve made this chili at least 10 more time super fantastic !!!! Made it nice and hot added bacon added mushrooms even turkey burger. Just seems whatever you do to it within reason its still delish. Ahh the ultimate chili sex excuse me now going away for some personal alone time mmmmmm

  24. jonah engebretsen says:

    i need to know if i can double or triple the recipe in one? or are other spices stronger than others. please help me i need this by tomorrow.

    thank you for the recipe please help me!

  25. Ricky says:

    This is an amazing recipe. It’s incredibly simple and has amazing flavor. I can attest to it being award winning because I just won my company’s chili cook off and beat about 20 other contestants! It even tastes great cold. It has a good kick (didn’t need to add jalapenos) but is not so spicy that it overpowers the flavors. I recommend making it a day before (that’s what I did) seemed to enhance the flavor. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  26. Trudy B says:

    A friend and I used your recipe for a chili cook off. It was a huge hit. We win 2nd place. We tweaked it a bit. Making it less spicy. The only suggestion was it was a bit sweet. So we will adjust it a bit more. Awesome recipe!!!!!

  27. TP says:

    The worst chili ever! The spice is so overwhelming it is impossible to eat. I am wondering if there was a mistake made on the amount of spice called for? Maybe the recipe meant teaspoons instead of tablespoons? I know my way around a kitchen pretty well and I know that Cumin is a very strong spice and given the small amounts of meat- beans etc it seems that two tablespoons of cumin and 3 tablespoons of chili power is a bit much.

  28. neisha says:

    I used your recipe for a chili cook off at church and I won. It was the first to go, everyone was asking for the recipe. Thank you for sharing, my family loves it and my boss want me to make some and bring to work. Everyone was shocked when they found out this was my very first time ever making chili. I was afraid to make it at first but then found yours and I’m so glad I did. This really is an award winning chili and by other comments across the world. Thank you again

  29. Ricky Beasley says:

    So today I entered a chili cookoff @ my work and took first place with this chili recipe. Out of the 8 competitors, mine was the only slow cooker at the end of the day that was empty!! The only thing I did extra, was put some thick sliced bacon in it. Cut it into small pieces and let it simmer for about 4 hours on low!! Thanks for the great chili recipe!!

  30. Chris Faala says:

    Used the recipe tonight for a cook off with 16 other chilli’s and this won first place ­čÖé Thanks so much for the recipe and video!

  31. Sarah says:

    Just won first place at a no one goes hungry charity event! Will always remember to use this recipe too! Left out the jalape├▒os for the first batch but will add them in next time..didn’t have Tabasco on hand so used Frank’s red hot!

  32. Thomas says:

    Thank you for the recipe!!!! I just used this recipe last week (10/22/15) to win my company chili cook-off competition!!!! This recipe is absolutely fantastic as well as easy to put together!!!!!!

    Thanks again!!!!!!! 1st Place Winner!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Vivian says:

    TY……I won 1st place at our chili cook off for Halloween 2015. There were 10 entries. It was a runaway vote. Excellent recipe!!

  34. Frances says:

    I also used your recipe and I won first place at a job cook off of 4 additional contestants thanks so much for sharing your recipe I was so proud of how my chili looked and every on loved my chili one judge had three servings

  35. EdHoch says:

    I am making this chili tomorrow. One question. Do you drain the browned pork sausage or th ground beef before you place them in th crock pot? Thanks!

    • EdHoch says:

      Decided not to drain the beef or the pork and it turned out well! The chili sauce adds a bit of sweetness that some liked. At least I think it was the chili sauce

  36. Rick says:

    Good Day, thanks a bunch for the recipe. When you say green pepper are you referring to a bell pepper or a hatch green chilli pepper?

  37. Elizabeth says:

    Found your recipe yesterday and entered it into our annual neighborhood chili cook off today. Got first place! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  38. Rikki says:

    I’m making this tomorrow but I’m adding the onion, pepper, and Garlic to the Hamburger when cooking it. Not using the olive oil

  39. Bill Moore says:

    We had a contest at my work last month and out of 13 contestants I won first place.
    I guess mine had just the right kick and everyone loved it. Won first place with a nice trophy as well as some cash prize. I really love this recipe. Thanks Jason.

  40. Christine says:

    Great Chili and easy too! We made this for our chili and baked potato bar we had at Christmas. There were 4 chili’s and thought this was the best, not just because I made it either. Thank you!

  41. Marty says:

    Made this chili for a work Chili Cook off and it was a hit, I came home with a empty crock pot and tied for 1st place. The Chili taste perfect. I served it with sweet corn bread (Marie Calendars corn bread mix with 1/4 sugar) .

  42. Mike says:

    This chili recipe is awesome, but I had to agree with the 1 review that said the chili powder and cumin is way too much. Good thing I read the reviews first and I cut both in half. I figured I would add more if needed. Next time I think I’ll cut back even more on the cumin. I also used hot Italian sausage and medium salsa and didn’t feel the need to add jalape├▒os. Perfect amount of heat. Thanks for the recipe.

  43. Jill says:

    Am making this recipe tonight….taste really great….I only put one can of pinto beans as we don’t like a lot of beans in our chili…fantastic…..thanks

  44. Conrad says:

    Made this chilli today, first ever I’ve tried to make and wow, excellent. So good I’m going to make it again when this pot is done which should be in a couple days lol. I intend on making baked potatoes and use this as a filling, fries and anything else I can put chilli on. Some advice, I wouldn’t bother using jalape├▒os unless you want it ridiculously hot.

  45. Gil Forbes says:

    This recipe does not serve 8. It serves 1; ME. Fortunately, for me, my wife doesn’t care for chili. I have only 2 pints left from my third batch since the end of January. Yes, I can (preserve) the whole batch each time and ENJOY wonderful lunches (8 pints per batch) over several weeks without the chance of spoilage. I am grateful for the author’s gift to my discriminating taste when it comes to chili.

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