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One of the Best Firehouse Chili Recipes

Firehouse chili recipes are known for being generous with the chili peppers. Certainly, the combination of cayenne and cumin, as well as the hefty amount of chili powder this chili contains, is what is responsible for the heat. If you want a warming dish, prepare to be warmed! As well as the heat, this delicious chili recipe contains tomatoes and tomato juice, onion, two kinds of beans and ground beef for an authentic finish.

Serve this tasty chili with the fresh tomatoes and chives like in the photo or perhaps serve it with cornbread muffins, crackers or just a handful of grated cheese on top. Sour cream is also a good idea. You can cook this chili on a very low heat for several hours if that fits in better with your plans. It will come out exactly the same. If you need to pop out for a bit, make sure the heat is very low and the chili is not going to dry out.

This is one of the best firehouse chili recipes if you want something traditionally Mexican, authentic flavored and impressive. You can serve it to your family or make it if some friends are coming over. This can be a casual meal eaten from mugs in front of the TV or served as a sit-down dinner with sour cream, grated cheese and lime wedges all served on the side. Chili is quite versatile like that actually and you can play it up or down, depending on the occasion.

Not only does this offer the piquant flavor associated with firehouse chilies, but there is also plenty of freshness in there from the garlic, tomatoes and chives, as well as juiciness from the meat and tomatoes. Ground beef is showcased in style when you make this chili recipe, and every mouthful will be pleasing.

Of course you can alter the spice factor if this sounds like too much heat for you, and offer hot sauce on the side instead, but this recipe is worth making at least once if you want to fire up both your taste buds and metabolism (yes spicy food can do that) and try something new.

Smokin’ Hot Firehouse Chili
Summary: Heat is the name of the game with this aptly named firehouse chili. Beef is blended with tomatoes, spices and beans to make this hearty and satisfying dish.
Cuisine: USA (Southwestern)
Recipe type: Chili
Serves: 8
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Cook time: 
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  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 oz canned Ro-Tel tomatoes, not drained
  • 5 ½ fl oz tomato juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 lb can dark red kidney beans, not drained
  • 1 lb can black beans, not drained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 chopped fresh tomatoes, for garnish
  • 8 chopped chives, for garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a pot, then brown the onion, garlic and beef together.
  2. Drain off the fat. Add all the other ingredients and bring the chili to a boil.
  3. Simmer it covered for an hour and a half or uncovered for half an hour. If it is too thick, you can thin it with some water or additional tomato juice.
  4. Serve hot, garnished with the fresh tomatoes and chives.

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Firehouse chili recipes are great if you like an authentic flavored chili, which is perhaps slightly on the hot side. You can see from the picture that this firehouse chili is rich, colorful and has plenty of liquid, making it ideal for dunking cornbread into. If you find the heat a little hot to handle, you can either reduce the amount of spice you add or serve a generous dollop of sour cream with this firehouse chili recipe, to take the edge off the heat. Sour cream goes great with almost all chili recipes actually.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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