Florida Beef Chili


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. bacon fat, or vegetable oil if needed
  • 1 cup onion, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 heaping tsp. ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. sweet paprika
  • ½ to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper,
    depending on how spicy you’d like it
  • ¼ tsp. ground coriander
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 cups beef stock or broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. can beans, any kind
  • ½ cup diced Florida Bell Peppers
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley


For Garnish if desired
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • Diced fresh Florida Avocado
  • Sliced scallions
Florida Beef Chili


  1. Place ground beef in a 3-quart sauce pot. Brown over medium high heat, using a spoon or spatula to break up the meat as it cooks.
  2. When cooked add the onion and garlic. Add bacon fat if needed for more fat. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add all the spices. Stir and cook for approximately 30 seconds.
  3. Add the tomatoes, stock and bell peppers, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes, until flavors meld and sauce is slightly thickened, or as desired. Add beans and heat through.
  5. Add parsley for color and stir in.
  6. Easily freezes!
  7. Garnish as desired.

Yields approximately 2 quarts of chili

©2016 Chef Jennifer M. Denlinger www.FloridaChef.net