Michigan Ski Country Chili

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Michigan Ski Country Chili combines japones peppers with classic chili seasonings to heat up this authentic bean-based chili mix. Add ground beef and bacon for this family favorite.

Nutrition: Clean Label, Nothing Artificial, No Added Salt, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan Friendly.
Serves: 20

Cooktime: 2 Hours

Heat: Mild

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Red Kidney Bean, Pink Bean, Cranberry Bean, Bell Pepper, Onion, Paprika, Coriander, Cumin, Celery, Garlic, Chile Pepper, Oregano, Bay Leaf, Cayenne.

Nutrition: Clean Label, Nothing Artificial, No Added Salt, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan Friendly.

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 3 Slices bacon, cooked and chopped (or 1/2 cup thinly sliced pork)
  • 1.50 lbs Ground chuck
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.)
  • 2 cups Beef broth (16 oz)
  • 1 cup Red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparing the beans:

  1. Pick through the beans. Remove discolored, shriveled beans and any foreign material. Rinse well.
  2. Place the beans in a bowl with 8 cups water and soak for 4 hours at room temperature or overnight. (For a quick soak boil for 10 minutes and let stand for 2 hours.)
  3. Drain beans and place in a 4 quart pot with 8 cups water.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, drain and set aside until ready to use.

Preparing the soup:

  1. In a 4-quart pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cut bacon into smaller pieces and sauté in oil.
  2. Add ground beef into pot and continue to brown.
  3. Stir in contents of chili pix packet and brown sugar. For milder chili, remove one or both chile peppers.
  4. Add drained, cooked beans, tomatoes, broth and wine to pot.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour.
  6. Remove chile peppers. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Optional toppings: sour cream, grated cheddar cheese or tortilla chips.

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Product Reviews

  • 5
    Great flavor

    Posted by L from PNW on May 5th 2024

    This mix has great flavor. We just weren’t prepared for all of the bean prep! (We don’t often cook dried beans.) We’ll make it again, just have to plan a little time for the beans. Makes a lot, more beans than meat but that’s better for you anyway.

  • 5
    Michigan Ski Chili 5/5

    Posted by Audrey Ryals & John Dooley on Jan 8th 2023

    Easy, clean recipe to throw in the crock pot. Smells delicious while cooking. Love the taste. Could add a little spice or corn. We left out the sugar. Would definitely buy again! It’s hearty & filling on it’s own but John, being from Detroit, make it into a coney dog.

  • 5
    Michigan Ski Country Chili

    Posted by Karen on Jan 1st 2023

    A friend of mine gifted this mix to me. Being diabetic, this chili was absolutely perfect for me. Full of good protein. It’s so very easy to prepare. No measuring of spices & the heat level was no problem for concern for me. My husband couldn’t wait for it to finish simmering, he kept taking spoon tastes from the pot. He told me that this chili was the best I had ever made. That meant a lot to me since we have been married over 20 years. I will be back to purchase more of this awesome product, when I can afford to. Absolutely delicious!

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