Recipe of the Week: Joe’s Big Batch Chili

The following chili recipe comes to us from SurvivalBlog reader Joe T. Joes says: “This recipe is for making a large quantity of chili to store in the freezer for future use. You will need one large 4 gallon kettle or two 2-gallon kettles.”

  • 5 pounds of dry beans
  • 6 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 3 pounds of sausage
  • 4 quarts of tomatoes/salsa
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 40 garlic cloves
  • 7 tsp of cumin
  • 7 bell peppers
  • 7 small onions
  • 17 Tbl chili powder
  • 1, 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 10 Tbl brown sugar
  • 10 beef bullion cubes
  1. Soak beans overnight in 2 gallons of water.
  2. Discard water the following day.
  3. Cook meat and discard grease.
  4. Add water and tomato/salsa to beans and bring to boil and simmer.
  5. Chop garlic, onions and peppers and put into the cooking chili.
  6. Add remaining ingredients to the chili.
  7. Cook until beans are soft and all ingredients is well cooked (usually 3 hours).

Makes about 3 gallons of chili. Fills about 12 quart Ziploc freezer bags.

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