• Five-Alarm Chili

    by Christin Mahrlig on October 20, 2013

    in Soups and Stews

    Five-Alarm Chili

    This hearty Five-Alarm Chili is loaded with enough spice to call in the fire department. The spice comes from 5 different sources: jalapeno, chipotle in adobo, chili powder, cayenne, and ancho.

    I’ll admit I chickened out a little when making this recipe and toned down the quantities of spice some. The resulting chili had a complex spice flavor, but didn’t stimulate my tear ducts. Don’t get me wrong, I like my chili spicy. But the amount of spice seemed so excessive I felt a little moderation was called for.

    In addition to the spices, this chili is also flavored with beer. It’s best to go with just a plain ole beer here. I used Budweiser. A dark, strongly flavored beer could give the chili a bitter taste. Some crushed tortillas are added to the chili and they really help thicken it up and give it a corn flavored taste in much the way that adding masa does.

    Top with a little sour cream and avocado to tame the heat and you have a delicious fall meal.

    Five-Spice Chili

    Five-Alarm Chili
    Recipe type: Chili
    • 2 ounces died ancho chiles (4 to 6) stems and seeds removed and flesh torn into 1-inch pieces
    • 3½ cups water
    • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
    • ¾ cup crushed corn tortilla chips
    • ¼ cup canned chipotle chilis in adobo sauce plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce (I used about 4 peppers which almost filled up ¼ cup measure cup and I added adobo sauce to fill the cup)
    • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
    • 2 pounds 85% lean ground beef (I used 93% lean)
    • salt and pepper
    • 2 pounds onion, chopped fine (I used 2 medium-sized onions)
    • 2 jalapeno chilis, stemmed, seeds reserved, and minced (I just used 1)
    • 6 cloves garlic (I used 4)
    • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used ½ teaspoon)
    • 1½ cups beer (I used Budweiser)
    • 3 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed
    1. Combine ancho chilis and 1½ cup water in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until softened, about 2½ to 3 minutes. Drain and discard liquid.
    2. Place ancho chilis, tomatoes and their juice, remaining 2 cups water, tortilla chips, and chipotle in adobo sauce in a blender and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Set aside.
    3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven until oil starts to smoke. Add ground beef, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper and cook until well-browned, breaking into pieces with spoon, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain meat in a colander and set aside.
    4. Heat remaining 4 teaspoons oil in Dutch oven and add onions and jalapenos with seeds. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, until onion is nicely browned. Stir in garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, coriander, sugar, and cayenne and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    5. Pour in beer and bring to a simmer. Add in beans, ancho-tomato mixture, and beef and return to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 50 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.


    Yield: 8 to 10 servings

    Recipe Source: Cook’s Country August/September 2012

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    { 18 comments… read them below or add one }

    Amy (Savory Moments) October 22, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Oh Yum!! I love a nice hot and spicy bowl of chili especially on a cool fall day! Yours looks really flavorful!


    Christin Mahrlig October 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Thanks Amy! It will definitely warm you up on a cool day! :)


    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs October 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I love spicy chilies and I think the addition of beer must be perfect… gosh, this looks seriously perfect for cool days!


    lisaiscooking October 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    This is the perfect time of year for a good, spicy chili! Love all those chiles in it.


    Amy @ Elephant Eats October 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Holy cow…I like spicy things but this sounds too spicy for me! I can’t blame you for turning down the spice in your version :) This looks super flavorful and delicious.


    Christin Mahrlig October 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    There definitely is such a thing as too spicy, isn’t there?


    Ashley October 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Whoa there is definitely a good amount of spice in here! haha My husband would LOVE this. In his opinion, the spicier the better. We had chili last night for dinner and I can’t get enough lately – guess it’s just that time of the year!


    Ciara @Teaspoon of Life October 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Wow this loos delicious! I have been searching for a chili recipe too, I will have to give it a try!


    Christin Mahrlig October 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Hope you enjoy it Ciara! I sure do :)


    Ari @ Ari's Menu October 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Holy cow the spices and flavors in this chili sound absolutely incredible!


    Shundara@SavyNaturalista October 21, 2013 at 10:47 am

    This chili would burn my mouth! Oh IO love spicy food and anything with cornbread is just oh so good..


    Christin Mahrlig October 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

    It will definitely build up some heat in your mouth Shundara!


    Kelly October 21, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Looks fantastic! I love a comforting bowl of chili with lots of spice. We are starting to get chillier nights here and the weather is calling for gloomy and rainy weather all week so this sounds perfect!


    Christin Mahrlig October 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

    It’s finally getting chili here too. Might be turning the heat on for the first time tonight!


    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal October 21, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Oh my gosh this looks soo comforting and hearty. I am so excited for this!


    Christin Mahrlig October 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Thanks Kammie! It’s definitely hearty and extra thick- just the way I like chili!


    Monet October 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Delicious! We just had another cold snap move in and this looks beyond perfect. I’m all about the heat too! Thank you for sharing!


    marcie October 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    My mouth is ablaze just lookin’ at it, but I’d eat it. Spice doesn’t scare me a bit. I would just love this chili!


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