Meat, Soup

Tailgate Chili


Congrats to the Green Bay Packers for your amazing Super Bowl win. We had a wonderful Sunday starting off with church then food and fun watching football. What could be better right? Well, if the Saints had been in the Super Bowl again that would have topped the cake but we settled for a calm peaceful game day experience seeing as how neither of us had a dog in the fight.

Last year I went all out with my game day food because I had a focus and that was black and gold (Saints). However, this year was a little different and with the weather being so dang cold outside I wasn’t really up to going all out. I settled for an amazing pot of Tailgate Chili with Mexican cornbread and homemade spicy queso dip. Pour a little of that queso on your chili and you have yourself a Frito pie. I didn’t do it last night but I might just attempt it with the leftovers tonight.

This is my go to chili recipe with 3 bean varieties, 2 kinds of meat and plenty of spice to satisfy the pickiest of chili lovers. My tailgate chili is packed with a punch of tasteful and mouth-watering  flavors that blends nicely and is actually best if made a day in advance which allows the flavors to sit and mingle all together.

Chop your green bell pepper, onion and garlic, set aside. Cook your Italian sausage and ground beef until almost done, drain, then toss in your peppers, onions and garlic. Saute until tender.

Rinse and drain a pot of red beans, chili beans or in my case both red, chili and baked beans. Not a bean lover are you? No problem, skip this ingredient and go on to the next!

Dice your tomatoes and set aside. I used the tomatoes from my garden. Although its freezing here they surprisingly didn’t get zapped.

Combine the remaining ingredients in the pot along with the beans and tomatoes. Leaving the parsley and green onions for the last 20 minutes.

Oh and if you can  HANDLE the heat, grab a fresh jalapeno and dice it up. Add to the pot and stir!


2 Bean  Tailgate Chili


  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 can chili beans, drained
  • 1  can barbecue beans, rinsed then drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped * optional
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 TBSP chopped parsley


Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Cook the ground beef and sausage until it only has a little redness to it, approx 5-6 minutes.  Drain off excess grease then return to pan. Add the onions, bell pepper, celery and garlic to the pan. Finish cooking the meat along with the vegetables until the veggies are slightly tender (they will continue to cook throughout the remaining steps.

Stir together all of your seasonings then add to the pot along with the rest of the ingredients, except for the green onions and parsley. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes. If making this a day in advance. Once it is cooked. Allow it to cool down then cover and place in the refrigerator. Save the green onions and parlsey for the next day and add to the chili when it is time to re-heat. Re-heat on low for an hour of medium to high for 30 minutes.

If you are eating this the same day as you cooked it, then after it simmers for 30 minutes add the green onions and parsley. Stir and serve over a bowl of chips with cheese on top!


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  1. Shelly

    Amazing-looks amazing girl. Wish I would have had this before the game but I know its hard to post what your will be having ahead of time! Hope you had a great weekend

    07 . Feb . 2011
  2. Lisa

    I love me some chili. My husband does a great deer chili with half deer and half beef

    07 . Feb . 2011
  3. Kelli

    Chilli sounds great on a day this cold, plus you cant go wrong with chilli. Cant wait to try it

    07 . Feb . 2011
  4. Lauralie

    I love chili and this looks so good. I love all the pics. Great job. Stop by for a visit if you get the chance. Love ya

    07 . Feb . 2011
  5. Cindy

    Your chili looks delicious. Wish I could have been at your house for dinner

    07 . Feb . 2011
  6. Farmchick

    Looks excellent!

    07 . Feb . 2011
  7. christina cadden

    MMM, that chili looks so good!

    07 . Feb . 2011
  8. Tamara Nicole

    Yummmm girly that looks great!

    Hope things are well sweetie:-)

    07 . Feb . 2011
  9. Ruth

    It looks so good.

    07 . Feb . 2011
  10. Shea

    This sounds perfect for a cold night, and we’re going to be having several this week! Yum!

    07 . Feb . 2011
  11. Joanne

    I made chili for the super bowl as well and it really makes for one awesome game day meal. I love the sound of this version!

    08 . Feb . 2011
  12. Peachy Keen

    That settles it: I’m making chili tonight! SO jealous that you have fresh form the garden tomatoes!

    08 . Feb . 2011
  13. Sally G.

    Love it. My husband is obsessed with chili. Perfect for this cold weather. I hate the cold BTW

    08 . Feb . 2011
  14. Leah

    Amazing picture. they just keep getting better and making me jealous I can’t take pics like that. The chili looks exceptional girl!

    08 . Feb . 2011
  15. anne

    this looks amazing!! And I’m so proud of our Packers!!!

    08 . Feb . 2011
  16. Shannon

    Chili is the perfect cold weather food! This looks like another great recipe, Jess!

    08 . Feb . 2011
  17. Angie Ward

    That looks yummy! Happy for you that your tomato plants didn’t freeze. Mine froze back in August!

    08 . Feb . 2011
  18. Kathleen

    I’m one of those crazy people that love chili year round! Your recipe sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it! Thx for sharing!!! 😉

    08 . Feb . 2011
  19. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Another one of the first posts I read (last year)… Super Bowl! Ahhh, memories =).

    16 . Feb . 2011
  20. Khara

    mmmm, my mouth is watering. Chilis awesome but even better when its homemade with fresh ingredients!

    17 . Feb . 2011
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    What fabulous chili. All the different spices must make for a tasty dish. I bet this w
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