Recipes

Shay's Big Pot of Chili

Completed and assembled Shay's Big Pot of Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds apple-wood-smoked bacon, diced into 1 inch squares
  • 4 pounds spicy Italian pork sausage, removed from casings
  • 6 pounds ground beef
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cans (28 oz each) chili beans
  • 6 lb 10 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 6 lb 10 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha chili sauce
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate
  • 1 parmesan rind

    Instructions

    1. In a large pan, cook bacon until crispy; drain and add to a 3-gallon pot.
    2. Drain off the bacon grease. Brown the sausage in the same pan; drain and add to the pot.
    3. Drain off the fat from the pan again. Brown the ground beef; drain and add to the pot with the other meats.
    4. Add all of the remaining ingredients and bring to a bubble, stirring periodically. Then, lower heat and simmer on low for at least 6 hours.
    5. Serve with chili toppings if you’d like (shredded cheese, sour cream, green onion or chives), Frito scoops, quesadillas, or bread bowl.