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Mexican Lady Chili

Funny story--no, I didn't kill a Mexican lady and harvest her for the meat in this chili, but I did meet a nice little Mexican lady who taught me how to make it with good 'ol beef. I've been making my Mexican Lady Chili (as I call it) for years now and has morphed and turned into my favorite chili.

I actually grew up eating a much simpler chili that is made so differently, it's kind of crazy. My Mexican Lady Chili is my spicy, Frito pie chili but my sweet chili that my mom made for me growing up is my sweet chili. Maybe I'll share that recipe with you all too, one day.

I know there's some crazy debate about whether "real" chili is supposed to have beans in it or not. It's fine if you don't put beans in your chili, that's your choice and you're wrong and we're not friends but that's totally up to you.

I always serve it as Frito pie with a whole bunch of Frito's and cheese on top. It's a spicy and slightly sweet chili and it's just my favorite so I wanted to be able to share it with you all to enjoy as well.

Servings: 6-8

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes


- (1) 33oz jar of Cookwell & Co. Chili Two-Step Mix (original, not spicy)

- 1 lb prime ground beef

- (1) 27 oz can red kidney beans (drained)

- (2) cans diced tomatoes with green chilis (Rotel)

- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (use a sweeter one like Hickory & Brown Sugar)

- (1) packet dry Mrs. Dash No Salt Chili Mix

- (2) packets dry McCormick Original Chili Mix

- 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery

- 1/2 cup diced onion

- 1 Tbsp minced garlic

- Honey to taste (about 1-2 Tbsp)

- Olive oil

Optional toppings: Fritos, mexican blend cheese, chives


1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. Cook diced onion and minced garlic until browned and onions begin to turn translucent.

2. Add ground beef to pot and cook until browned. Then add the 3 packets of dry Chili mix and mix until combined.

3. Add remaining ingredients to pot and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for an hour.


It's a really easy recipe but it has such a great and powerful kick of flavor, it's hard not to love!

If you make a batch, comment and let me know what you think of it! Follow me on instagram @olivegreyavenue.

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