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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  1. Hitha wrote:

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

    11 Feb 2013 · Reply
  2. shannon wrote:

    My goodness, this looks delicious!

    11 Feb 2013 · Reply
  3. YUM! This beats the Hormel chili I always heat up…can’t wait to try!

    11 Feb 2013 · Reply
  4. Chloe Moon wrote:

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

    11 Feb 2013 · Reply
  5. Gotta have lots of garlic!

    11 Feb 2013 · Reply
  6. Lacey wrote:

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

    11 Feb 2013 · Reply
  7. Kenzie Lee wrote:

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

    X Kenzie

    11 Feb 2013 · Reply
  8. Marissa wrote:

    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.


    11 Feb 2013 · Reply
  9. Lauren wrote:

    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

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  10. Meghan wrote:

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

    xo Meg

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  11. YUM! you always have the best recipes. can’t wait to try this one, victoria! x

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  12. I’m tired of winter, but this chili looks like just the thing to break up the winter blahs! Thanks!

    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
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