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Franklin’s Award Winning Chili

Franklin’s Award Winning Chili

Franklin’s Award Winning Chili

Recipe By Justin Rossano


6 to 8 servings

Recipe By Justin Rossano

The Savory Spice in Franklin, TN won the 2014 Thompson’s Station Dog & Pony Chili cook off with this rich and classically flavored chili. We recognize there are a ton of ingredients in this chili, but we wanted publish an unedited version of this original award-winning chili recipe. Enjoy!


2 lbs. ground beef chuck

1 lb. ground Italian sausage

3 (15 oz.) cans chili beans, drained

2 (28 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

1 large yellow onion, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 fresh serrano chiles, seeded and chopped

4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

1 (12 oz.) beer

1 tsp. granulated sugar

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Reduced Sodium Beef Style Broth Concentrate

    This beef stock concentrate by Kitchen Accomplice is low-sodium, gluten-free and all-natural. Use beef broth concentrate in your best soup & ...

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  • Medium Chili Powder

    Our Medium Chili Powder is a salt-free chili powder that blends garlic and earthy flavors, with a medium level of heat and spiciness. If you like s...

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  • Worcestershire Sauce

    Our blend of Worcestershire Sauce is gluten-free, vegan, anchovy-free and destined to become your new secret ingredient. Made so that everyone can ...

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  • Minced Garlic

    Using dehydrated, Minced Garlic seasoning can save you time for recipes that may call for fresh garlic. No need for peeling, it doesn't spoil, and ...

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  • Mexican Oregano

    Mexican Oregano comes from the mint family and is widely used in both Southwest & Mexican cooking. Our variety of dried Mexican oregano is a bi...

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  • Ground Cumin Seeds

    Ground Cumin Seeds is one of the most used spices in the world, right alongside salt & pepper and chiles. Ground cumin powder is a pantry stapl...

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  • Smoked Jalapeño Hot Sauce

    Our Smoked Jalapeño Hot Sauce has medium heat and sweet and smoky flavor. With no added sugar and high quality ingredients, this is a great go-t...

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  • European Basil

    Referred to as the “royal herb” by ancient Greeks, this summer herb is a member of the mint family. European is milder than our California and has ...

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  • Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt

    Today only, save 40% on 1 cup bags of select sea salts when you use code SWEETSALTY at checkout. Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt is one of the best aroma...

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  • Fine Black Malabar Pepper

    Malabar black peppercorns are named for the region from which they are harvested, the Malabar Coast of India. These peppercorns have a bold and wel...

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  • Cayenne Pepper Chile Powder

    Cayenne Chile Powder is our version of cayenne pepper. Cayenne chiles are ground into a fine red pepper powder that's great for adding a zesty, spi...

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  • Hungarian Paprika

    In Hungary, it is not uncommon for cooks to have several grades of paprika in the kitchen. This paprika is a Kulonleges paprika that bears the name...

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  • Freeze Dried Corn

    Freeze Dried Corn kernels are a handy pantry staple will delight you with its light, fluffy and crisp texture similar to popcorn, which could make ...

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Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground chuck and sausage into the hot pot and cook until evenly browned. Drain off any excess grease. Pour in chili beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Add onion, celery, bell peppers, serrano chiles, crumbled bacon, broth concentrate (or bouillon), and beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to combine then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. After 2 hours, taste and adjust salt, pepper and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate and serve the next day. Top each serving with freeze-dried corn and a finishing dash of hickory smoked sea salt.