Bob's chili con carne recipe

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A beef chili recipe that is made using a variety of spices, added at different steps during the cooking process. This recipe uses a lot of ingredients but is fairly easy to execute. Notice that no beans are used here, just the beef and the spices.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 110 minutes, Serves: 6 


2 1/2 lb beef chuck, cubed (1/4 inch cubes)
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 Serano peppers

2 tsp dried onion flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp beef granules
2 tsp chicken granules
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp mild chili powder
2 Tbsp hot chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp Gebhardt chili powder
1 Tbsp mild chili powder
1 packet of Sazon (substitute with 3 Tbsp homemade Sazon - see recipe below)

1 Tbsp Gebhardt chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp brown sugar


Brown the beef in the vegetable oil. (Cook it in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes, turtning often).

Add the beef and chicken broth, the tomato sauce and the serano peppers. Bring to a boil and add the onion flakes, cayenne pepper, beef and chicken granules, salt and chili powder. Lower heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 1 hour.

Discard the serano peppers. Add the ground cumin, garlic powder, chili powders and Sazon. Stir and add more chicken stock if the mixture is too thick. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more.

Uncover and add the chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and brown sugar. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes more. Taste and adjust with salt and more chili powder.

Serve with fresh coriander and sour cream or cool and refrigerate for several hours, then reheat and serve.

Notes and tips

Homemade Sazon

Sazon is a Spanish / Mexican mix of spices used in a variety of dishes. You can make your own Sazon, refrigerate it and use it as needed. You can even freeze it in cubes and keep it in freezer bags for a longer time period.

1 1/2 medium onions, roughly chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup chopped green onions (white and green parts)
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
A dash of cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Add all ingredients in a blender and process until pureed. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and simmer for five minutes, stirring constantly.

Cool the mixture and refrigerate it in an airtight bottle.
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