December 19th, 2011

Laura’s Spicy Chili



Back in the late 1980’s, I worked for a company called Griffin Homes in Calabasas, California. At Griffin, we were always having parties. In fact, the most elegant and expensive Christmas parties that I have ever been to were put on by Griffin Homes for their employees. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. It sounds like a really cushy job, doesn’t it. Well, we did work hard, too, but let’s get back to the parties. One day we were having a chili cook-off during our lunch break, and the man who won the cook-off told us that he had put pepperoni in his chili. Pepperoni?? That stuff that goes on pizza? Yep, that’s what he said.


So several years later, when I was creating my own recipe for chili, I decided to add that winning ingredient — pepperoni, and a few other ideas of my own. The result was a terrific-ly tasty and spicy chili.


I once made this for a buffet-style dinner party that I held in my home, but since not everybody likes spicy food, I just made one recipe of the chili and served it with several other dishes. The chili was the first to go, and I can still remember the disappointed look on the face of one of my guests as he said to me, “I didn’t get any of the chili. It’s all gone!”


This chili has three kinds of meat in it: shredded beef, sausage, and pepperoni. That’s a whole lot of flavor going on in one dish! But one thing you won’t find in my chili are beans, and that’s because in my ever-so-humble opinion, chili should be bean-less!


You’ll need to cook the roast in water for a couple of hours so that the meat will be nice and tender, and then you shred it. About 20-30 minutes before your roast is done, you can start cooking the sausage and slicing the pepperoni. Dice up your onions, too.
Add all of the ingredients to the pot.
Cook, stirring frequently for about 45 minutes or until the flavors are blended and the onions are tender. Top individual servings with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions.
Spicy Chili
Serving suggestion: I just happened to be photographing the recipe for Cheese Pops on the same day that we had this chili for dinner, so I served them together, and it turned out to be a great combination.


WARNING! If you don’t like spicy food, this recipe is not for you. And if you like it really spicy, you’ll want to use the ingredient quantities in the brackets.
Posted under Main Dishes, Soups

4 Responses to “Laura’s Spicy Chili”

  1. I am on a diet for the next couple of weeks, but as soon as I am finished, I am going to make a batch of this chili! In the meantime, I will just have to be satisfied with longingly staring at the photo of it on my computer screen. Thanks for this recipe, Laura!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Randy! And yes be sure to try this chili when your diet is over. I have a feeling you’re going to like it!

  3. Best for breakfasts… It looks awesome.

  4. I have to admit I’ve never had chili for breakfast. . . On the other hand—Pizza—NO PROBLEM!

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