How to Make Chili

by Tracy Erdelyi

This chili is flavorful and just the right amount of spice. It may take time to get it together but it is worth it.


  • 6 Ounces Bacon diced
  • 3 Cups Onions diced
  • 2 Poblano Peppers
  • 3 Red Jalapeno Peppers
  • 5 Serrano Peppers
  • 4 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 2 4 oz cans of diced green chiles
  • 2 10 oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes with jalapeño
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 14 oz can of red chili beans
  • 12 Ounces Mexican beer
  • 6 Large garlic cloves
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Supplies are listed.

    Step 2

    Slice and remove seeds from all of the peppers.

    Step 3

    You don't need to cut into too many slices. The peppers will be boiled then puréed.

    Step 4

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    Step 9

    Once you are done slicing all the peppers add them to the boiling water. Turn the burner off and let the peppers soak for at least 30 min.

    Step 10

    Dice up your onions.

    Step 11

    Coat your pan so the bacon won't stick.

    Step 12

    Dice up your bacon.

    Step 13

    Step 14

    Add to the pan med high heat and brown the bacon.

    Step 15

    Step 16

    Remove the excess fat. I usually spoon off the fat.

    Step 17

    The majority of the fat removed.

    Step 18

    Add your onions and stir the bacon with the onions.

    Step 19

    Cover and turn heat to medium. Cook until onions are tender. About 5 min.

    Step 20

    Pour onions and bacon into the crock pot.

    Step 21

    Brown your ground beef. If you like a thicker chili 2lbs of beef can be used.

    Step 22

    Turn your crock pot to warm.

    Step 23

    Finish browning your beef. Drain excess fat.

    Step 24

    Add the beef to the crock pot.

    Step 25

    Stir to combine beef, bacon, and onions.

    Step 26

    Cover and let sit on warm while you mix your chili seasoning.

    Step 27

    Put all the peppers into the blender. Add 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid to the blender. Begin to purée the peppers.

    Step 28

    The peppers should be puréed if it is too thick add more soaking water. I used 1/2 cup of the soaking water.

    Step 29

    Peel your garlic. You don't need to chop it goes right into the blender.

    Step 30

    Add you chili pepper.

    Step 31

    Add your cumin.

    Step 32

    Add your oregano.

    Step 33

    Add your coriander.

    Step 34

    Blend everything. I pulsed the blender. If it is took thick you can add more water.

    Step 35

    Add to crock pot and stir to coat.

    Step 36

    Drain and rinse your black beans. Add them to the crock pot.

    Step 37

    Add your red chili beans.

    Step 38

    Add you green chiles.

    Step 39

    Add your fire roasted tomatoes with peppers.

    Step 40

    Add your Mexican beer. If you want a thicker chili you can pour less beer into the chili. Stir everything up.

    Step 41

    Set the crock pot on low if you are going to let it sit for at least 6 hours. Set the crock pot on high if you are going to serve it with in 2 hours.

    Step 42

    I set mine on low since it was going to sit for 8 hours.

    Step 43

    This chili takes about an hour to get everything together. It has a nice bite but isn't over the top spicy. Serve with diced onions, shredded cheese, or whatever your favorite toppings are. Enjoy.