Dave’s Chili

Dave’s Chili

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This flavor-packed chili recipe was created by the Grand Prize Chili Recipe Winner: Dave Kaiser of Edina, Minnesota. With multiple varieties of peppers, various spices and seasonings, and protein-packed Pinto beans, this tasty recipe isn’t just for fall, but is good all year round!


Makes 8 servings

  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 8 sweet cherry peppers, seeded, chopped
  • 2 jalapeqo chiles, seeded, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 15-ounce can, rinsed and drained, or 1 3/4 cups cooked dry-packaged pinto beans
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1-1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Assorted garnishes: diced tomatoes, avocados, red onion, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese


  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat cook meats until browned, about 10 minutes; drain fat.
  2. Stir in cherry peppers and chillies and cook 3 minutes longer.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and liquid, tomato paste, water, chili powder, onion powder, coriander, white and cayenne pepper.
  4. Heat to boiling; reduce heat, cover and simmer, 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in beans and tortilla chips. Season to taste with salt.
  6. Ladle chili into bowls and serve with assorted garnishes.