Phil's Killer Chili


prep 3:00       total 3:00


7 to 8 pounds



3 lbs. lean ground beef
1 lb. green bell peppers, diced in 1/4-inch chunks
1 lb. red bell peppers, diced in 1/4-inch chunks
1 lb. white onion, diced in 1/4-inch chunks
2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, skinned and diced in 1/4-inch chunks
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 tbsp. pepper
5 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. paprika
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
Red cayenne pepper, to taste
1 cup water


Heat oil in bottom of large pot. Sautee peppers and onions in the hot oil until onions are clear. (Take care not to scorch peppers.) Add spices and water to sauteed vegetables and continue cooking very slowly. (The more cayenne pepper, the hotter the chili, so use with caution!) Brown meat in separate frying pan. Add meat to vegetables, discarding cooked-off fat and grease. Add tomatoes. Simmer for 2-3 hours until thick. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve.

Author's Comments

Serve with grated cheddar and/or rice. For additional kick, add some Tabasco sauce.

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3 Recipe Reviews

Jahan Salehi

Jahan Salehi reviewed Phil's Killer Chili on December 16, 2003

This is what I consider a classic chili recipe, and Phil gets all the ingredients and basic preparation just right.

I like to add kidney beans or other beans very late in the process, and use less hot pepper than most people.

I serve piping hot with crackers and cheese.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson reviewed Phil's Killer Chili on June 30, 2004

I confess Phil's chili has changed my life. I now truly feel like an important participant in the food geek enterprise.I had a dinner party and served this wonderful dish which was a great hit with my uncle Basil.
from Food geek#2


ryansnyder reviewed Phil's Killer Chili on January 22, 2011

This was quite the tasty chili. I appreciated that it was focused on the bell peppers as opposed to the beans. The spiciness was balanced; it showed a touch of heat without overwhelming the palate of someone who doesn't like fiery foods. I was asked by my guests to definitely make this dish again.