Chad’s Rock ’em, Sock ’em Chili

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Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Chili is rich, hearty and indulgent – just the way a good homemade chili recipe should be!

Chad's homemade chili recipe


Happy Tuesday and welcome to Simply Delicious at TSRI.  Today’s recipe is a special treat brought to you by my amazing husband Chad, my Mr. Wonderful, he does a fabulous job of the graphic design and photography for The Slow Roasted Italian blog. 

bowl of chili with shredded cheese on top

He is even our amazing mixologist, featuring a cocktail on Thursdays.  As amazing as he is at all these things, he does tend to stay out of the kitchen.  Except to eat.

There is an exception made when we are talking chili.  He makes this amazingly flavorful, hearty, warm you down to your bones chili.  I was a bit surprised when I saw the recipe the first time, but hey when its this good, just go with it!!!

Very few dishes come from boxes and cans in our house, butl I truly enjoy this chili so much that I have decided to share it with you.  Be warned this is an indulgent dish.  But, so worth the indulgence!

bowl of hearty chili with cheese

Chad’s Rock ’em, Sock ’em Chili

Donna Elick
Very few dishes come from boxes and cans in our house, butl I truly enjoy this chili so much that I have decided to share it with you. Be warned this is an indulgent dish. But, so worth the indulgence!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 6 quarts


Beef Mixture

  • 4 pounds lean ground beef, I use 80/20
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoning salt, divided, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided, to taste

Bean Mixture

  • 60 ounces Van Camp's Pork and Beans, 4 cans
  • 60 ounces Hunt's Tomato Sauce, 4 cans
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried Chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons ground black pepper


  • In an 8 quart heavy bottomed pot add beans and tomato sauce over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon cinnamon, paprika, Chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, chili powder, ground black pepper. Stir to combine. After simmering for 30 minutes, taste and season according to personal heat level desired. Adding more cayenne or red pepper flakes to increase intensity.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat cook 1/2 of the beef, adding to pan in large chunks. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon Lawry's salt. Cook until done. Remove from heat. Add beef to bean mixture along with 1/2 cup of liquid in pan. Stir pot.
  • Return frying pan to heat and add remaining beef in large chunks and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon Lawry's salt. Cook until done. Remove beef from heat and spoon beef into chili. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, taste and season as necessary.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

Chili tastes even better the next day. The longer it sets, the more the flavors meld together.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 798cal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 83g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 3138mg | Sugar: 11g | Fiber: 22g | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 15mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Recipe developed by Chad A Elick – The Slow Roasted Italian 

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  1. So nice that Chad helps with your blog, and always good to have a mixologist on hand! My husband is nice enough to wait until I take the photos before he eats 🙂 Nothing like a good chili in the winter.

    1. I am so happy you tried it! Even happier you loved it. It was a shock to find out the ingredients and know that I loved it.

  2. I made this chili at work for our Operation Feed Chili Cook-off just last week. I won spiciest chili and it was one of two chilies that was all gone. It was so good with cheese and oyster was simply amazing!

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