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Dave's 5 Alarm Chili

This 5 alarm chili is so rich in flavor and cooks down to a nice, thick, almost sauce, consistency. The Cayenne, Ancho, California, red pepper flakes and smoked paprika add the heat while the garlic, cumin and other spices add the depth of flavors.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex, Western
Keyword: 5 alarm chili recipe, chili recipe, easy chili recipe, quick chili recipe, spicy chili recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 452kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 2 1/2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup California Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Ancho Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 cup red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 1 32 oz can Roasted Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 large onion chopped


  • Add all ingredients to a stock pot or casserole dish like my Le Crueset
  • Turn heat to medium and stir to mix. Slowly over a five minute period break up with wooden spoon.
  • Cover with lid and simmer for 2 hours. Remove lid and stir to mix. Chili should be breaking down. Season if need be and cook for another 2 hours on low covered.
  • Serve over steamed tamales topped with chopped onions and shredded sharp cheddar cheese.


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 1127mg | Potassium: 886mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1940IU | Vitamin C: 13.2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 6.2mg