The Best Beef Chili

neil bougourd | 09 November, 2022


3 pounds lean ground beef

4 Tbsp Mexican Mix

4 whole garlic cloves, minced 

3 (14.5oz ) cans peeled whole tomatoes, drained

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 (14oz) cans of red beans ( or beans of your choice), rinsed and drained

1 large onion, diced

6 ounces meaty bacon, diced (1 cup)**  

6 cups beef  stock

½ cup red wine

2 cups brewed coffee

8 cilantro sprigs, coarsely chopped

Salt to taste


In a large thick bottomed large pot, heat the oil. Add half of the ground beef and brown over moderately high heat, about 2 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate. Repeat with the remaining ground beef. 

Add the onion and bacon to the pot and cook until the onion is golden. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the beef and Mexican Mix and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the stock, wine, coffee, cilantro, green pepper, and tomatoes and season with salt. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over moderate heat for 1 hour. Add the beans and cook uncovered for 1 hour. Season the chili with salt.