Entrees,  Food

Merrick Family Chili

There have been minor tweaks to this chili over the years, however this is the chili that has consistently placed me in the top 3 at many chili contests, including a few wins.


  • 2 (29 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 (28 oz.) cans peeled and diced tomatoes (fire roasted)
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion (approx. 1 medium onion)
  • 1 lbs. bacon, diced (easier when cold, maybe freeze for a few min)
  • 2 lbs. ground spicy sausage
  • 3 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 9 oz. bottle hickory smoke barbecue sauce (I use Weber’s Original Thick/Sweet) (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup (8 tbs.) chili powder (or make your own chili paste)
  • 4 tbs. Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (blended) – add extra for additional heat
  • 4 (15.25 oz.) cans great northern beans, drained/rinsed
  • 2 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped


  1. In a large Dutch oven (7.5qt for me) over medium heat, combine tomato sauce, tomatoes, onion.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until slightly crisp. Drain and stir into the pot.
  3. In the same skillet over medium heat, cook sausage until brown. Drain and stir into the pot.
  4. In the same skillet over medium heat, cook the beef until brown. Drain and stir into the pot.
  5. Stir the barbecue sauce and chili powder into the pot; taste and adjust seasonings. Stir in the beans and chocolate and simmer until flavors are well blended. Serve.

Note – picture shows kidney beans, I have since switched to great northern beans. Next time I make it, I will add a decent picture as well.

Source: My trial and error

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