Published Mar 22nd
Prep 1h 30m Cook 2h 30m Additional - Ready In 4h
Servings 6 gallons Calories 300.1

Great chili recipe for a very large crowd. Cook it in a 6 gallon steam jacketed kettle or a huge pot on the stove.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 pounds dried pinto beans
  • ⅓ cup salt
  • 20 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 pound chopped onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 quarts canned peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 2 quarts tomato paste
  • 1 ⅓ cups chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Wash and sort pinto beans. Bring 3 gallons of water to boil in a 6 gallon pot. Pour in beans, return to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Stir in salt and simmer until tender, 90 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2 Brown beef with onions and garlic over medium high heat in same pot or enormous skillet. Combine meat mixture, tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, pepper and cooked beans in 6 gallon pot; stir; cover and simmer 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 300.1
  • Carbohydrate 23.7 g
  • Cholesterol 59.5 mg
  • Fat 11.9 g
  • Fiber 7.6 g
  • Protein 24.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.5 g
  • Sodium 325.1 mg
  • Sugar 4.5 g


  1. The beans turned out really hard...they weren't cooked enough and i followed all the directions.
  2. It was a good basis for a simple chili if you don't have a mix packet; however, it needs more uumph. We added salt, more chili powder and more onion. After that, it was pretty good.
  3. I scaled this recipe back considerably to make enough for 6-8 people and it was great. It freezes very well too-
  4. I added about some water to the mixture as the last ingredient since many had complained about it being too thick then let the chili simmer without a lid for until it was the perfect balance of soupy and thick. I thought it was perfect! Thank you!
  5. My husband and I both agreed that this was one of the worst chili recipes we've ever tried. I followed the recipe as directed but WAY too thick and bitter. I even tried to "doctor" it up but it still was terribly bitter. Sorry!
  6. I really liked this recipe. It was simple and VERY easy to make. If you're short on time you can also substitute the dry pinto beans for already prepared canned beans but I would wash and drain them first. I'd definitely make it again.
  7. This is now going to be my permanent favorite(and only)chili recipe.It turned out exactly the way I hoped it would.Most of my family cleaned their bowls and asked for more.The little kids weren't to keen on it but they ate it.Next time I'll reduce the chili powder as they found it a bit spicy.The rest - Read more ...
  8. I made half this recipe for about 40 people. Got lots of compliments on it. However it wasn't spicy enough for my taste so I added Cayenne pepper. I'll definitely make it again!
  9. One of the best chili recipes I've found in a long time!

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