Secret-Ingredient Homestyle Chili

beef chili with corn, tomato based chili in a bowl with cornbread

This smoky, homestyle chili is award-worthy with its complex depth and balance of flavors made possible by the addition of liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, and balsamic vinegar. 



2 tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ pounds ground beef (venison works well too)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

Two 16-ounce cans Bush’s Red Chili Beans

Two 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes

1 cup beef stock

2 cups canned corn kernels, drained

4 tablespoons Stubb’s Hickory Liquid Smoke

3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper


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