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Dad's Award Winning Chili

This beauty got first prize in the NASA Johnson Space Center Annual Chili Cook-off.  Government-tested.  Astronaut-approved!  It's out of this World good!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex
Keyword: 1st place, astronaut, award winning, beer, chili, chili cookoff, nasa, sirloin
Servings: 3 Servings
Calories: 434kcal
Author: Fucci




Prepare the Vegetables

  • Roughly chop Green Pepper into bite sized pieces.
  • Chop Onion.
  • Roughly Chop Cilantro.
  • Finely mince Jalapeño Pepper
  • Press Garlic

Prepare the Meat

  • Season both sides of the Top Sirloin liberally with Salt and Pepper
  • Cut Sirloin into cubes.

Take it all to the Stove

  • Add Olive Oil to a Dutch Oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add Sirloin and sauté until browned. Remove and drain off excess fat.
  • Add a little more Olive Oil (if necessary) to Dutch Oven.
  • Add Green Pepper, Onion, Garlic, Salt and Pepper. Cook until vegetables soften.
  • Add Sirloin back in.
  • Add Oregano, Cumin and Chili Powder. Sauté for about a minute
  • Add Beef Broth, Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Jalapeño and Cilantro. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and turn stove down to medium. Let simmer for at least an hour. (Longer will allow the meat to become more tender)
  • If desired, add Beer and let cook for at least 15 minutes.
  • Serve it up. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!


Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1435mg | Potassium: 1653mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2155IU | Vitamin C: 66.1mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 8.6mg