Best Firehouse Chili {Recipe}

There are some things that are just known for being the best.  Cooking at the firehouse definitely is one of those things.  Firemen can COOK I tell you & they have lots of Easy Family Dinner Ideas!!!  (probably why I have to watch what I eat, right?)  There is one particular recipe that we make in BULK- Firehouse Chili.  We have been making this recipe for a good long while & I think it’s safe to say at this point that the hubs has perfected it.  It’s one of those things we make not just in a regular slow-cooker but we pull out the HUGE 17 quart roaster oven for this.  It will feed our family of 5 for at least 2 nights & I also save another 2 nights worth in the freezer with the food saver.


Best Firehouse Chili {Recipe}

I know what you are going to say, “real chili doesn’t have beans”.  That really depends on where you are from.  The International Chili Society insists that it does not.  But we are both from California & there, chili has beans.  That is just how it is & really, it’s SO GOOD.  Why would one want to omit them?!


Best Firehouse Chili {Recipe}

Best Firehouse Chili {Recipe}


  • 2 pounds ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 pound ground beef (70% lean) Fat adds flavor
  • 2 cans diced stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cans light kidney beans
  • 2 cans dark kidney beans
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 2 cans sliced olives
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 can of beer
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced onions
  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce (or Yoshi Sauce)
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • Water to your liking


  1. Brown ground beef in large pan with desired seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, season salt) & teriyaki sauce.
  2. Transfer to slow-cooker or roaster being careful to not transfer all the fat in the pan. (you want just a little in there though so don't drain)
  3. Add all other ingredients in with meat & stir until incorporated.
  4. Add your water to the consistency that you like
  5. Let cook 5-6 hours on high- stirring occasionally.
  6. Unplug & let cool for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
  7. Great with cornbread or crackers.


This is great on a cold winter day.

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  1. says

    Your recipe sounds delicious!! I just made us some chili two nights ago! Its a favorite, especially through this horrid cold spell we are having! Sometimes I try and cook off some of the liquid and serve it over rice with cheese and sour cream. yum!! by the way, adding beans is what we do in PA too. :)

  2. says

    Olives? Now THAT is a new one for me. Beans? YES, we always have them in our chili. All I have to say from your blog posts is, is that YOUR family must have the best meals of anyone I know!

  3. says

    Okay, now that sounds really good, and what do you mean REAL Chili has no beans! ; ) My family is originally from Indiana and apparently they never got the memo. I always put kidney beans in my Chili and my mom used to put spaghetti in it too. Now we just have elbow mac as a kind of condiment with it, lol! This recipe looks sooo yummy…thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Yum! I had no idea there was a debate over beans. We have always used them. This looks good, filling, and comforting! You won me at the stick of butter. ;)how exciting for a new linky I! Can’t wait to start pinning!

  5. says

    I’m totally in the “bean camp” too! I love them in my Chili. We just had some last week when it was still raining around here. But it sounds and LOOKS good again from your recipe and pictures. :)

  6. says

    We have the “bean” issue in our house…..we also make chili in bulk. Half with beans, half without. LOL. Looks delicious beans and all. Have a great weekend Gina, hope to find time to join your “Weekly Best” sometime.


  7. says

    Chili is one of my favorite foods! And I like it spicy! I believe that chili has to have beans! I like that this will feed your family for two nights! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!