Firehouse Chile

Who doesn’t love Chile?  Well, there may be one or two people out there who don’t, but they don’t count.

This recipe is one I got from my Mother in Law, who made a great chile before, but, this one, well I think it’s pretty darn good, so good in fact I make it this way now and I want to share it with you as well.     I was told a fireman came up with the original recipe and won a cooking contest/cook off with it.  And I can understand it.    It is great.   And sorry,  but it does have beans in it, so if you’re a chile purist, you’ll still like it, just pretend you’re eating something else, like oh, say, Chile Beans with Meat.


Firehouse Chili
1 ½ -2 lbs. Ground beef or pork
1 lg. Onion Chopped (Carol used minced onion flakes)
1 bell pepper chopped
3-4 cloves garlic (Carol used garlic powder)
1 can Kidney Beans
1 can Chili Beans  (I like Bush Brand, but use whichever one you like)
1 can Pinto Beans
1 can Ranch style beans
14.5 oz. Can Rotelle Chiles and Tomatoes
1 large can enchilada Sauce, 19  (I like either Hatch’s Brand or La Victoria brand)
New Mexico Chili Powder to taste  (1 tablespoon or so)
** Cumin, which wasn’t in the original recipe, but I like it
Louisiana style Crystal Hot Sauce to taste
Carol used the Chili Beans for the seasoning and didn’t use the other chili powder or the hot sauce.  I use the Chile Beans and add some more Chile powder to taste.   I also throw in a couple of jalapeno’s.  Nothing like a little heat.
Brown the meat and place in crock pot, add all other ingredients and allow to simmer overnight or for at least 8-10 hours.     Or do as I do, cook on top of the stove for a couple or three hours, stirring occasionally, then let it cool, and reheat the next day for maximum flavour and then I serve it.

I serve this with some Dough Dogs, or you may know them as Fry Bread or Fried Bread.   In Utah they were called Scones as well.  Not to be confused with English Scones.   Are you totally confused now?   And also you do need some honey and butter or honey butter for the Scones/Frybread/Dough Dogs.


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