Mouth-Watering Firehouse Chili Recipe to Warm Your Soul

Welcome to my fiery world of cooking! Are you ready to elevate your taste buds with my award-winning Firehouse Chili Recipe? This recipe is for those who love a punch of flavor and heat in every bite. As a renowned chef, I guarantee you won’t find a chili recipe as flavorful and soulful as mine.

If you’re tired of the same old bland and boring chili, it’s time to try my Firehouse Chili Recipe. What makes this chili recipe so unique and memorable is the perfect balance of flavors – from the earthy tones of cumin and oregano, to the smoky undertones of chili powder, to the fiery kick of cayenne pepper.

This recipe has been crafted over many years, including experimenting with several variations to achieve that perfect blend. Trust me when I say that with my Firehouse Chili Recipe, you’ll taste each unique flavor in every spoonful.

Whether you’re whipping up a quick meal for the family or cooking for a large group of people, this recipe is easy to prepare and will win hearts around the dining table. So let’s get started on making your new favorite dish – Firehouse Chili!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Firehouse Chili
Firehouse Chili

If you’re a fan of hearty, spicy dishes, then you’re going to absolutely love this Firehouse Chili recipe. It’s a crowd-pleasing, award-winning chili recipe that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds and warm your heart. Here are just a few reasons why you’re going to love this recipe:

Firstly, this chili is bursting with flavor thanks to its combination of robust spices and savory ingredients. From the bold chili powder and ground cumin to the fragrant oregano and fresh garlic clove, every bite is packed with a delicious punch. And don’t forget about the can of Ro-Tel tomatoes that adds just the right amount of zesty heat.

Secondly, this Firehouse Chili recipe is incredibly easy to make. Simply brown some lean ground beef in a large pot with onions and peppers, add in the spices and tomato products, then let it simmer to perfection. In less than an hour, you’ll have a piping hot pot full of deliciousness.

Thirdly, this chili recipe is very versatile. While it’s perfect on its own or served with some crusty bread, there are plenty of ways to customize it to your liking. For example, you could swap out the ground beef for spicy Italian sausage or even make it vegetarian-friendly by skipping the meat altogether.

Finally, this Firehouse Chili recipe is perfect for meal prep and leftovers. It freezes well and can be easily reheated for lunch or dinner throughout the week. It’s an excellent option for busy folks who want a quick and hearty meal that delivers on both taste and convenience.

Overall, this Firehouse Chili recipe is not only tasty but also practical and adaptable. Give it a try once and we guarantee it will become a go-to recipe in your collection!

Ingredient List

 A bowl of comfort that will warm you up from the inside out
A bowl of comfort that will warm you up from the inside out

The Firehouse Chili Recipe is not your basic chili, it’s a spicy, hearty meal that calls for various chili staples like tomato juice, tomato sauce, and chili powder. However, there are a few unexpected ingredients that make this recipe truly special. Here’s what you’ll need:

• Ground beef:

To create the base of the chili, we’ll use 4 pounds of 90% lean ground beef. Using lean ground beef ensures we don’t end up with a greasy final product.

• Vegetables:

To add a hearty texture to the recipe, we’ll use onions, both medium and green, along with one green bell pepper.

•Canned Ingredients:

A can of Ro-Tel tomatoes, and four cans of dark red kidney beans add a lot of flavors and textures to the dish.

• Spices:

A blend of spices including 2 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of ground oregano, and just a pinch of cayenne pepper add heat and depth to complement the beans’ earthy taste.

• Liquids:

We’ll also be using a combination of liquids such as 2 cups of tomato juice, one can (15 oz) each of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, and a little bit of water to add moisture while cooking.

• Garlic:

A fresh garlic clove adds pungency to the chili’s flavor profile.

You will also need some basic pantry staples such as salt and canola oil (or your preferred cooking oil).

The Recipe How-To

 A hearty chili that is perfect for a cold winter's day
A hearty chili that is perfect for a cold winter’s day

Step 1: Heat the oil

Heat canola oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef, and cook until it is lightly browned. Add salt and ground black pepper as desired for seasoning.

Step 2: Add onions, garlic, and peppers

Add the chopped onions, minced garlic, and diced peppers, then stir together with the beef using a wooden spoon until softened.

Step 3: Add the remaining ingredients

Stir in 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, 8 oz can of tomato sauce, one can Ro-Tel tomatoes, 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp dried oregano, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, and 4 cans of dark red kidney beans that have been drained and rinsed.

Step 4: Simmer the chili

Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the chili simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Resist the urge to rush this step as slow cooking allows flavors to meld.

Step 5: Check seasoning

Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if needed. If it’s too thick add some water or more tomato juice until desired consistency is achieved.

Serve hot with sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, or jalapeños on top depending on your taste buds!

Substitutions and Variations

 This chili is on fire and ready to ignite your taste buds
This chili is on fire and ready to ignite your taste buds

Firehouse chili has endless possibilities when it comes to substitutions and variations. One way to tweak the recipe is by using different types of beans such as black beans or pinto beans in place of dark red kidney beans. You can also kick up the heat a notch by adding more cayenne pepper or minced jalapeño peppers.

For a vegetarian option, you can leave out the ground beef entirely and use plant-based protein sources like lentils or mushrooms instead. If you want to add some Italian flavor, try substituting the ground beef with Italian sausage and adding some fresh basil and oregano to the mix.

Another fun variation is to turn this classic chili recipe into a chili con carne by adding diced tomatoes and tomato paste for sweetness, along with a pinch of cinnamon for a cozy, homey flavor. If you’re watching your fat intake, then 90% lean ground turkey or chicken can also be used as a fat-reducing alternative to ground beef.

If you’re looking for a vegan option, replace the meat with tofu crumbles or tempeh, and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth. If you love the flavor of Ro-Tel tomatoes, another variation is to swap them out for diced canned green chilies.

Feel free to experiment with additional spices and garnishes, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro, or sliced scallions. The options are endless when it comes to this versatile firehouse chili recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 A crowd-pleaser that will satisfy even the biggest appetite
A crowd-pleaser that will satisfy even the biggest appetite

Firehouse chili is a hearty and bold meal that pairs well with a variety of foods. The dish can be served as a standalone meal, but can also be enjoyed with various accompaniments. One popular option is to serve it as a topping for hot dogs or chili-dogs. A dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese are great additions as well.

Another popular way to enjoy firehouse chili is with cornbread or crusty bread. This allows for the perfect contrast of flavors and textures between the soft and creamy chili and the crunchy bread. I recommend trying this recipe with my Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread to give your meal that extra kick of flavor.

Lastly, you can always serve firehouse chili over rice for a more filling meal. This pairing adds another level of heartiness to the dish while also soaking up all the delicious flavor.

If you’re looking to try something different, consider pairing this chili with a bold red wine such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot. The full body of these wines matches perfectly with the bold flavors in this dish.

No matter how you choose to serve it, Firehouse Chili is sure to become a staple in your recipe book. It’s versatile flavor profile and hearty texture makes it perfect for any occasion whether it’s game day at home or a dinner party with friends.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to tackle this bowl of fiery goodness
Get ready to tackle this bowl of fiery goodness

Firehouse Chili is a hearty dish that can easily be made ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator or freezer, and reheated for a quick meal. This recipe is perfect for meal prep or making in bulk for parties or potlucks.

To make ahead, allow the chili to cool to room temperature after cooking. Transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat the chili in a pot on the stove over medium heat until it reaches your desired temperature.

When storing Firehouse Chili, always make sure that it is completely cooled before sealing it in an airtight container. This will prevent condensation from forming and creating moisture inside the container, which can lead to spoilage. If you’re planning on freezing portions of the chili, consider using individual containers or freezer bags for easy portioning.

When reheating Firehouse Chili, you may want to add a bit of water or tomato juice as it can reduce in thickness during storage. This will help bring back some of its original consistency and flavor. Just be careful not to thin it out too much!

Overall, Firehouse Chili is a versatile dish that can be made ahead of time, stored easily, and reheated quickly. Whether you need a quick lunch option or are looking for an easy dinner recipe, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect meal for a cozy night in
The perfect meal for a cozy night in

Here are some tips to make sure that your Firehouse Chili recipe is the best it can be:

1. Brown the meat properly

When it comes to browning the meat, don’t skimp on time or heat! Adequately browning the beef helps to develop deeper and more complex flavors in your chili.

2. Use fresh spices

Using vibrant, fresh herbs and spices will add a depth of flavor to your chili like nothing else can. Try to avoid older spices that have been sitting in your pantry for years.

3. Be patient with cooking times

Cooking chili is not something you want to rush! For best results, give the flavors ample time to meld together over low heat. You will be rewarded with a mouthwateringly delicious bowl of hot and hearty chili.

4. Use leaner cuts of meat

Using lean ground beef means less overall fat content in your finished chili. Pair this with the classic combination of dark red kidney beans and tomato sauce, and you’ll have a healthy and tasty pot of chili you’ll feel good about serving up.

5. Customize spiciness with cayenne pepper

Spiciness is subjective, so be sure to adjust the heat level to your liking. Add more or less cayenne pepper depending on spice tolerance.

By following these tips, you’ll surely be on your way to making a delectable pot of Firehouse Chili!


As with any recipe, you may have some questions or concerns before putting it all together. Rest assured that I’ve got you covered. In this section, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about making the Firehouse Chili recipe so that you can have confidence in your culinary skills and create a delicious meal.

What is firehouse chili made of?

Get ready to savor a lip-smacking dish created with premium ingredients such as ground beef, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and onions. This delightfully hearty meal is guaranteed to satiate your palate, and may even find a special place in your list of favorite dishes. So, let’s get cooking!

What brand is Firehouse chili?

Looking for a way to satisfy your craving for something spicy and hearty? Look no further than Campbell’s® Chunky® Hot & Spicy Beef & Bean Firehouse Chili. Packed with kidney beans, seasoned beef, red and green peppers, onions, and garlic, this chili is a true powerhouse. With a bold combination of paprika and chipotle pepper seasonings, it’s sure to deliver a fiery flavor that’ll warm you up from the inside out. And best of all, it’s ready to eat right out of the can! So go ahead, dig in and enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal.

Why is it called Firehouse chili?

The name of Dumire’s chili reflects the smoky flavor that he aims to achieve in his recipe. Drawing inspiration from firefighting terminology, the term refers to the visible smoke that is present when firefighters arrive at the scene of a fire. Dumire incorporates ingredients such as bacon, brisket, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and smoked ears of corn to add complexity to the dish and enhance its smokiness.

Is Firehouse chili spicy?

This recipe packs some heat, but fear not – you have the power to adjust the level of seasonings to your liking. To add to the meal, I recommend serving it with some delicious cornbread muffins or crunchy crackers. Keep in mind that although it suggests cooking the chili for two hours, you can also cook it on low heat for several hours instead.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Firehouse Chili Recipe is truly one of the best chili recipes out there. Its flavorful blend of ingredients, such as dark red kidney beans and Ro-Tel tomatoes, create a perfect balance of spice and texture. Whether you’re cooking for a family gathering or a get-together with friends, this recipe is sure to impress.

What sets this chili recipe apart is that it’s easily customizable to fit any dietary restrictions, from vegetarian to vegan. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try substituting the ground beef for Italian sausage or experiment with different spices to create your own personalized version.

In addition, the Firehouse Chili Recipe can be stored and reheated without sacrificing its delicious taste. This means you can enjoy it for days after you’ve made it or freeze it for later use.

Overall, I highly recommend trying out this award-winning Firehouse Chili Recipe. It’s the perfect dish for those cold winter nights or for any occasion where you want to impress your guests with a hearty and flavorful meal. So go ahead and give it a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Firehouse Chili

Firehouse Chili Recipe

This is an excellent chili recipe. My husband is a chili lover and requests this about once a week in the Winter. It’s a little on the hot/spicy side but you can adjust the amount of seasonings if you want it milder. I like to serve this with cornbread muffins and/or crackers. (Estimated prep time. Although it calls for cooking the chili 2 hours you can cook it on low for several hours).
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 390 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (for the diet concious you can also use ground turkey)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 fresh garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans Ro-Tel tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, undrained
  • 5 1/2 ounces tomato juice


  • Heat oil in a large pot. Brown together ground beef, onion and garlic; drain well.
  • Add all the spices along with the Ro-tel tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans and tomato juice. Mix well and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer 1/2 hour uncovered and 1-1/2 hours covered. (If too thick you can add additional tomato juice or water).

Your Own Notes


Serving: 263gCalories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 33.3gProtein: 27.1gFat: 17.2gSaturated Fat: 5.6gCholesterol: 57.8mgSodium: 959.1mgFiber: 10gSugar: 3.2g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Easy, Low Cholesterol, Meat, Weeknight
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