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Recipe: Five Alarm Chili

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This recipe, as I mentioned before, is inspired by a chili recipe I saw on Barefoot Contessa. I’ll just come right out and say it — as a girl who grew up in Texas and has had her fair share of chili, this one was pretty darn good. I personally did not grow up eating chili with big chunks of beef in it (we were more of a ground beef recipe-type family), but I have to say, this might have me converted.

On the show, the gals used 5 pounds of brisket for the recipe. I opted to use a top sirloin roast, because I personally don’t really love the texture of brisket (sacrilege for a Texan to say, I know), and also, with just Joe and I, there was no need to buy five pounds of meat! And just a warning, if the title wasn’t enough: this chili is SPICY. I personally love spicy food, so it wasn’t a big deal, but if you’re sensitive to it, you’ll want to cut back on the cayenne and chili flakes pretty significantly.

The chili recipe is really easy to do, though it takes a little bit longer than what’s probably reasonable for a weeknight meal. However, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to take to work the next day. Nothing like a hot bowl of zesty chili to brighten a winter day, right? Here’s how to make it:  


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12 responses to “Recipe: Five Alarm Chili”

  1. Hitha, on February 11, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

    Ground coffee in chili is awesome – really gives it a lovely flavor. I like to add a pinch of cocoa powder in mine!

  2. shannon, on February 11, 2013 at 10:58 am said:

    My goodness, this looks delicious!

  3. Drew @ Catfish & Caviar, on February 11, 2013 at 11:25 am said:

    YUM! This beats the Hormel chili I always heat up…can’t wait to try!

  4. Chloe Moon, on February 11, 2013 at 11:34 am said:

    A chilli recipe without beans? I’m sold!! =)

  5. Carlene: Healthfully Ever After, on February 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm said:

    Gotta have lots of garlic!

  6. Lacey, on February 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm said:

    This sounds awesome, and I’m totally intrigued by the coffee part of it.

  7. Kenzie Lee, on February 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm said:

    Five alarm sounds a little too spicy for me, but my boy will love it! Definitely giving it a try!

    X Kenzie


  8. Marissa, on February 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm said:

    Never have I ever heard of coffee in chili – this is SO worth a try! I am such a sucker for a good bowl of chili, especially on these cold/snowy CT nights.


  9. Lauren, on February 12, 2013 at 12:39 am said:

    I am actually salivating right now reading this. My word, what I wouldn’t give for a bowl of this right now! Yum!

    Lauren x
    Gordon + Gold

  10. Meghan, on February 12, 2013 at 1:28 am said:

    Iv always wondered is there an alternative to avo’s in chili( im allergic meh) Recipe looks delicious though !!!

    xo Meg


  11. erin (@erincg), on February 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm said:

    YUM! you always have the best recipes. can’t wait to try this one, victoria! x

  12. Julie / Bound, on February 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm said:

    I’m tired of winter, but this chili looks like just the thing to break up the winter blahs! Thanks!


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