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bowl of chili in small cast iron pot with a beer, hot sauce, shredded cheddar, and fresh jalapenos - J Dub By Design™

J Dub’s Homemade Chili Recipe

  • Author: Jennifer Williams
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 bowls (generous) 1x


If you are looking for intense depth of flavor, this chili is for you.  It take just 10 minutes to throw all of your ingredients in a pot before a long simmer on the stove.



  • 3 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 4 large cloves minced garlic 
  • 16 ounce can tomato paste
  • 228 ounces cans peeled whole tomatoes (Do NOT Drain)
  • 8 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 T granulated onion 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic

  • 1 Tablespoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate

  • 1/2 cup fresh brewed strong coffee

  • 1 teaspoon Red Boat Fish Sauce

  • 1 Bay Leaf



  1. Cook the hamburger until no longer pink in a heavy duty dutch oven .
  2. Drain the hamburger meat in a colander and set the meat aside.
  3. Meanwhile, sauté onion in butter until translucent.
  4. Add minced garlic and sauté approximately 30 seconds until fragrant.
  5. Return drained hamburger meat to the pot with onion and garlic.
  6. Mix the onion, garlic, and hamburger together.
  7. Add the crush tomatoes with the juice and the tomato paste to the mixture.
  8. Using an immersion blender, crush the tomatoes.  You can also just crush these with your spoon as the chili cooks.
  9. Add in all of the seasoning spices and mix again.
  10. Add the coffee, fish sauce, and chocolate.
  11. Mix again.
  12. Throw in the bay leaf and turn stove to simmer.
  13. Add in all of your spices, coffee, fish sauce, and bay leaf.
  14. Give the chili one last stir and cover the pot with a lid, leaving it cracked for steam to escape.
  15. Allow the chili to simmer for at least 2 hours, preferably more.
  16. Stir the chili occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom of your pot.  Taste the chili and add additional salt if needed.
  17. Serve with crackers, cheese, and your favorite hot sauce.


  1. If you do not own an immersion blender, you can crush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.  
  2. As the tomatoes cook, they naturally want to break down.
  3. You need a large stock pot or Dutch oven for this recipe.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours (longer is better)
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chili, dinner recipes, fish sauce