Easy Over The Top Smoked Chili !

There’s not much more manly than chili, and smoked food. Smoked chili may be the manliest chili ever! You’;ll need a 5 quart Dutch oven and a smoker for this. Youtube video of this being made at:


Concept is simple: Smoke our chili base and meat in a smoker then mix it all up at the end: Here’s the two basic part recipe:

Chili base:
2 large onions, diced
3-4 cloves minced garlic or 3 tbsp pre-minced garlic
3 large bell peppers de-seeded and diced.
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 can (15.5 oz) red kidney beans( rinse and drained)
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (28 oz) petite diced tomatoes

For the “meatloaf”
2 -3 pounds 80/20 ground beef. (your preference on fat %)
1 tbsp Wash your sister (Worcestershire) sauce
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1 tsp Montreal steak seasoning

Heat up some olive oil and get the onions, peppers and garlic going until the onions are transparent, then add the rest of the chili base ingredients. Mix it all up and set aside.

Mix up the meatloaf ingredients and make a flat round meatloaf no wider than your Dutch Oven.

Get your smoker going to about 225-250 with some mesquite chips and place the loaf over the chili in the smoker.

Should take about 4  hours to smoke until the ground beef is 165 internal.

Take the loaf out and mince it up to the size you want for your chili. I chop mine into about 3/4 inch chunks. You should have an awesome smoke ring from that meat soaking up all that smoke and the chili should be sucking up that smoke the whole time too.  Mix it all up and enjoy!