Connecticut Cold Weather Chili

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MMmm good Connecticut Chili


Connecticut Cold Weather Chili  

Fall is in the air, mornings are chilly, time to get the pot out early in the morning and start chopping, mixing and cooking for Dave’s famous Connecticut Chili. I’ve been making and refining this recipe for over 20 years. It always seems to change a bit but here are the basic ingredients and then you can spice it up any way you like. It's great for after ski, hikes and all other outdoor activities or just haning inside by the fire


2 pounds of beef (or ground beef) cut into 1/3 to ½ inch cubes

2 onions diced

3 peppers cut into  ¼ inch size  (red, green, yellow any color you like)

1 Jalapeño pepper seeded and diced.

4 gloves of garlic minced

3 cans of kidney beans (if you like you can mix beans, 2 kidney, 1 black, etc) (15-16 oz cans)

1 can diced tomatoes (14-15 oz)

2 can stewed tomatoes (or 2 diced, 1 stewed)

1 can tomato paste (6 oz)

3 cups water

½ cup olive oil

1 chipotle Chile in 1 tablespoon adobe sauce (one Chile not one can)

1 dried ancho chili pepper cut up


·        2 tablespoons Chili

·        ½ teaspoon Cumin

·        ½ teaspoon Cayenne

·        ½ teaspoon Chipotle

·        ½ teaspoon basil

·        2 bay leaves


Garnishes sour cream, shredded cheddar, and green onion. A loaf of fresh bake bread is highly recommended, what ever type you prefer. (sourdough, country style, thick crust)




Salt and pepper beef in bowl.

Mix spices in a bowl

Cut onions, peppers and put in bowl

Open cans of beans and drain

Open cans of tomatoes, save juice

Coat bottom of large stew pot with olive oil, add minced garlic and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.

Add onions, peppers, jalapeno and cook down for about 10 minutes. Once finished remove garlic, onions and pepper and put in bowl.

Without cleaning same stew pot, coat bottom with olive oil again and cook beef for about 5-10 minutes until juices are almost gone. Add cooked onions and peppers, can of tomatoes, 2 cups of water, beans, spices, chipotle Chile in adobe sauce + acho chili dried.  Once everything is mixed should be stew consistency, if too thick add a little more water and let simmer all day.

Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and green onion. Serve with fresh baked bread, slightly toasted.

Makes great left over for the next day or you can freeze.

** Once you get the basics down you can easily make an all Vegetarian, Chicken or Turkey base chili with the same spices and ingredients.



David Popoff is a license Realtor in Darien, Connecticut.  David grew up in Rowayton and is a life time resident of Fairfield County. He has worked throughout lower Fairfield County and now resides in Darien, Ct since 2004. 

  • Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtor's, CAR.
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  • Is a LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) and member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).  
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

David, Great idea to post your chili recipe on a very cold day. I just may give this one a try. Happy Holidays from the middle of the country.

Nov 26, 2010 12:37 AM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Dave, although the recipe may be great, there are still too many left overs in the fridge to think of cooking again. Enjoy the day.

Nov 26, 2010 02:38 AM #2
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Chili for a chilly day.  Love it.  Yes, the colder weather is setting in here.

Nov 26, 2010 02:42 AM #3
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Chili is great for the colder weather and Ed you can always use those left overs in an awesome chili.

Nov 26, 2010 04:17 AM #4
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Yes Perfect! Chili for this season!

Nov 27, 2010 04:24 AM #5
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

snow storm coming to Ct today, gotta make the chili  :-)

Oct 29, 2011 04:28 AM #6
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

David -this sound an excellent meal to come in out of the cold to, stay warm.



Oct 29, 2011 10:57 AM #7
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Adrian, we had friends over last night and had some yummy chili and lots of laughs.

Oct 30, 2011 02:08 AM #8
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Sounds wonderful, David.  Thanks for visiting my site this morning.

Jan 07, 2013 10:09 PM #9
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

David- This recipe sounds so good and very hearty. It's great that it makes enough for leftovers too!

Jan 30, 2013 08:42 PM #10
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