Chili Throw Down

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday where I’m featuring a CHILI THROW DOWN where I’ve invited two chefs hailing from the U.K, and Southern USA to join me in comparing our chili recipes.

First up, please join me in welcoming, Gitte Doherty a witty and fun blogger from the U.K. with her Magic Mike chili recipe. (She names her crock pot Mike and she tells us Mike keeps her satisfied and warm. More on Gitte later.)


First Up:

Gitte’s chili recipe proves that real men eat chocolate.


Gitte’s Medium Hot Chilli made in Mike the Magic Crock Pot

Serves 4 people

Time in Crock Pot: 8 Hours on Low


1 onion, sliced

1 red pepper, de-seeded and thickly sliced

Small bunch of finely chopped fresh coriander stalks

1 tbsp. sunflower oil

28 oz. fat trimmed stewing steak/beef brisket cut into matchbox size pieces

2 crushed cloves of garlic

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

2 tsp. chili powder (can add more for extra hotness)

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 tbsp. tomato puree

16 oz. chopped tomatoes

12 fl oz. cups hot beef stock

16 oz. red kidney beans

1 cube of excellent quality dark chocolate preferable with a minimum 70% cocoa solids


Place the onion, red pepper and coriander stalks into a crock pot/slow cooker.

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, season the beef with salt and black pepper then fry in batches until golden brown, transferring to the crock pot when ready.

Add the garlic, spices and oregano to the pan juices and fry for one minute. Stir in the tomato puree, tomatoes and stock then bring to a boil.

Pour the hot sauce into the crock pot covering the meat. Place the lid onto the crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours.

Stir in the beans, then cook for 1 hour more.

Pop the chocolate piece into the sauce, let it melt then stir in. Season the sauce to your taste, then scatter with the coriander leaves and serve.

Serve with white fluffy rice, sour cream and warm baked baguette.


Along with her friend, Jenny (Brit/Aussie) Gitte (Danish/Brit) both enjoy reading and discussing book that consumes them. They started the blog TOTALLY BOOKED in July 2012 as a way to share their mutual love and passion for books and the wonderful authors who bring them into their lives, with fellow like minded readers.

To learn more about TOTALLY BOOKED, please click here to visit their website.

To join in the fun had by authors and readers from all over the globe, please click here to follow Totally Booked on Facebook.

Next up is a recipe submitted by Pat Fordyce, book lover and reviewer extraordinaire. Pat lives in from Southern USA where the women say, y’alls and the men like their chili with no beans and lots of meat.

Second up:

All Meat Chili by Pat

(Pat doesn’t like it too spicy, so the ladies don’t need to pull out a fan and chase away the vapors)



2 lbs. ground meat of your choice: turkey, beef, lamb, chicken (Pat uses ground beef)

2 cans stewed  tomatoes (original recipe, I use Del Monte) 14.5 oz.

2 cans tomato soup

Spices:  adjust these spices to taste (I’ll give you my approximate measurements)

1 – 2 tsp Chili powder

1/2 to 1 tsp. Cumin

1 – 2 TBSP Brown sugar

Sprinkle of chipotle seasoning

One medium onion, chopped

Grated cheese of your choice


Brown chopped onion and ground beef till cooked through, drain grease.

Add  tomatoes and soup. (We don’t like our chili ‘chunky’ so I use an immersion blender to break the tomatoes up.)

Add spices

Simmer. I usually will let it simmer for an hour or so, or longer if necessary.  If you want the chili to be thicker leave top off, if thinner cover.  As it’s simmering I adjust more spices to taste.

** If you like beans in your chili use them.  Any  kind and as much as you want.

We serve with a nice crusty bread and salad.   Sour cream can also be used as a garnish.

Third Up:

Selena’s Wine, Beef and Bean Goodness Chili



2 lbs premium cut stew meat, cubed in small pieces

1 lb. pork sausage, sliced

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 jalapeno (de-seeded, chopped) (leave seeds in if you like it spicy)

1 sweet yellow pepper, chopped

1 sweet orange pepper, chopped

2 zucchini, chopped in small pieces

2 cups cherry (or grape) tomatoes

1 can red kidney beans, drained

1 can white kidney beans, drained

1 can black beans, drained

1 can tomato soup

1 can of plum tomatoes (drain the liquid and chop up the tomatoes)

6 oz dry red wine (don’t use cooking wine, use wine that you would drink)

6 TBSP chili powder

1 TBSP (or less or don’t add if you don’t like it spicy) red cayenne pepper

3 tsp. sea salt



In a heavy saucepan, heat oil and saute onion and garlic until soft but not brown.

Add beef and sausage and cook until meat is brown drain off fat, reduce heat to medium low and add red wine and cook for 3 minutes.

Add meat and the rest of the ingredients to your crock pot, stir and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Serve with a dollop of  spicy sour cream.

1 cup sour cream

1 juice of a fresh lemon

As much or as little hot sauce (or red pepper)

Stir all together.

Thank you, Gitte and Pat. It’s been a lot of fun and we appreciate you taking the time to showcase your delicious looking chili recipes.

For more Tasty Tuesday recipes, please visit my fellow authors and pick up some mouth watering treats:

Blue and Gold Salad by Pg Forte

Quick Maple Pudding by Nancy Lauzon


29 responses to “Chili Throw Down”

  1. Great blog today Selena! Recipes look great ladies =). They are all so different from one another and also different from mine. They all look delish!


    1. Thanks, Michele, glad you stopped by and enjoyed. They are all so different, so I must try the other two. Can’t go wrong with chocolate any where, any time. 🙂


  2. All sound great. I love chili. In fact, chili on Christmas Eve has been a tradition in my family since I was a little girl.

    My husband has won a couple chili cook-offs at Boy Scout events, but I’m also happy with a can of the stuff. However, when I do make it from scratch I like to use jalapeno powder along with my other seasonings. Love the spice!


    1. Hi, Sharon, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

      I have never heard or seen jalapeno powder, and I do like my chili real spicy, but hubby doesn’t, so I either make two different batches, or back off on the spiciness and just add it to mine later.


      1. I’ve never seen jalapeno powder in stores – it has to be ordered. It’s very good and great for when you don’t have fresh peppers on hand. Hubby and I both like spicy food, but I have made separate chili for my dil due to her not eating meat. No problem, I just add the (already) cooked meat after I’ve spooned out a helping for her.


        1. I love fresh jalapeno’s and they’re always at the market and I suck at ordering things online, because of shipping to Canada, etc. it gets frustrating.

          I like chili without meat as well, I just add chick peas and tons of more veggies. Anyway you make it, it’s such a comforting dish.


  3. Hey, great minds think alike … I’m serving chili for supper tonight! Yours looks delicious.


    1. Perfect weather for it tonight! enjoy!


  4. Thanks Selena!! They all look so yummy. Perfect for these cold winter days! I love Gitte’s and Your serving bowl! Thanks for the opportunity! xoxo Pat


    1. You are most welcome, it was my pleasure. We will have to have another throw down. Meatballs perhaps?


  5. You had me at wine…… These look delicious. Can’t wait to try them.


    1. Hey, LB, thanks for dropping by and yes, I had me at wine as well. I forgot to mention in the recipe, to pour 6 ounces in a glass and sip while cooking, that always makes the experience much better. 🙂


  6. Mmm yum I can’t wait to try them. All the recipes seem really east to do I love that. Thanks for sharing these recipes. I love chile.


    1. Thanks, Kelly, glad you enjoyed the throw down. Chili is one of those must eat comforting foods. 🙂


  7. Thank you girls, they all do look yummy and I can’t wait to try them! xx


    1. You are most welcome, it was a blast doing this with you both. We must get you back here to share more of Magic Mike.

      One of my crock pot’s is named Lucy, I wonder if her and Mike would heat it up together sometime 😉


  8. Ladies, all your recipes sound delicious.
    I could never write down my recipe. It is a little of this, a lot of that, some more of ….
    I never would have thought to name all my different crock pots. 🙂


    1. Hi, CG, thanks for popping in and for supporting the blog with tweeting and Facebooking the link. 🙂

      I hear you on the little of this and that, I always cook that way, but since starting Tasty Tuesday, I’ve had to literally stop and write down what I do. It’s a challenge. LOL

      Gitte names all her appliances, I just name a few, so I don’t know if that makes me as crazy or half crazy 😉 But then again, we are proud members of the Crazy chick club.


  9. What a great idea! And all the recipes sound delicious. And, unless I’m missing something, I’d say this is a Tasty Tuesday Hat Trick–starter course, entree and dessert. Go, us! lol


    1. Hi, Pg, thanks.

      Yes, it’s all three in one. LOL I must try the chocolate in mine next time. Brilliant idea.


  10. Oh yes Selena…… My meatballs are very good! Ask my kids….LOL. Whenever your ready….. I will give you a taste of my Irish pasta sauce, and meatballs. I bet Michele would jump at this one!


    1. Irish pasta sauce and meatballs! You’re on. 🙂


  11. Delicious! I can’t wait to try them!


  12. Nice work Ladies, They all look great. Can’t wait to try them!


    1. Thanks, Heidi. I’m going to make Gitte’s chocolate one this weekend.


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