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6th Annual Chili Contest: Entry #7 – Manly Meaty Chili + Weekly Menu

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It’s starting to feel like the holidays and winter around #puremichigan.

Our tree is up, our stockings are hung.

Packages are arriving on a daily basis because Cyber Monday has already come and gone.

I’m finalizing my holiday baking list because I risk being shunned by my father-in-law. There will be buckeyes and peanut clusters.

I played my first outdoor hockey game of the season…and survived. Barely. It wasn’t even all that cold and my toes were icy and my cheeks were rosy.

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And the University of Illinois has successfully wrapped up another disappointing football season and has had an epic start to the basketball season. Epic in all the wrong ways.

Yep, December is here.

Today we are up to all sorts of Christmas-y things. Reindog parades and wineries with Santa. Michigan does December right, that’s for sure.

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Today on the blog wraps up this year’s 6th annual chili contest. How!? It didn’t even feel like most weeks were eating chili and then leftovers and more leftovers of chili. Each recipe was so uniquely its own, we were never tiring of ANOTHER chili.

I saved this chili for our last home game of the season against the most hated team of all: THE Ohio State. We got our tushes handed to us, but it was still enjoyable. Loyal fans watch their teams lose until the very end while enjoying the fact that at least there’s amazing chili to lessen the blow.

This chili was very rich – the chocolate, the beer, the bourbon, the flavorful meat. It simmered to a creamy consistency over 2 hours and my home smelled like a 5-star tailgate for at least 2 days. Divine!

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Manly Meaty Chili
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Serves: 12 servings (about 1⅔ cups each)
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 lb hot Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 lb sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Mrs. Dash or McCormick’s Perfect Pinch Southwest Blend
  • ¼ cup dried oregano
  • ¼ cup dried basil
  • 24 oz lager beer
  • 2 (8 oz) cans Rotel
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz semi-sweet baker’s chocolate
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can Great Northern beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans
  1. In a LARGE pot over medium heat, cook all of the meats until no longer pink, breaking up with a wooden spoon. After being cooked, move to a plate or bowl.
  2. Add oil to the pot and once hot, add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic and cook for 5-6 minutes or until softened. Add the bourbon and deglaze the bottom of the pot. Allow the bourbon to cook off for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the taco seasoning, chili powder, Mrs. Dash/Perfect Pinch, oregano, basil, beer, Rotel, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and baker's chocolate; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add all of the beans along with the cooked meats; stir to combine. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for 2-3 hours.
Recipe from Books -n- Cooks
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~1⅔ cups Calories: 437 Fat: 11.2 Carbohydrates: 41.5 Sugar: 11.4 Sodium: 1284 Fiber: 11.1 Protein: 30.3 Cholesterol: 67
Weekly Menu: December 6th – 10th

Be well,


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  1. Biz
    December 7, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    You had me at one cup of bourbon! Holy balls, this one sounds good. Can’t wait to make it.

    I loved seeing the pic of you on Instagram in your hockey uniform – playing outside must be so much more fun than being inside, well, except for the cold!

  2. Lizzie
    December 9, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Yay, I see my suggestion on your menu! 🙂 Hope yo like.

  3. Lauren
    January 5, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Can you do this in the crockpot instead? Would any adjustments need to be made?

    • Nicole Morrissey
      January 5, 2016 / 2:50 pm

      Hi Lauren! Steps 1-3 would still need to be stove-top but I see no reason why the simmer couldn’t be in the crock pot. I’d think 6-8 hours on low. Hopefully that helps!

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