Spice up your life with our chili recipe

You’re about to embark on a journey into the land of bold and spicy flavors. Are you ready for a culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds? If so, get ready to savor every mouthful of Macho’s Chili Recipe.

I first discovered this recipe in the heart of Texas, where chili is a way of life. Known for its spiciness, Macho’s Chili Recipe is what Texans refer to as the “real deal.” It’s packed with an explosion of flavor from habanero peppers, poblano chiles, and green bell peppers.

If you’re a chili lover, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. But beware, it’s not for the faint-hearted. It packs a punch that will leave your lips tingling and your taste buds begging for more.

So grab your apron and let’s embark on this culinary journey together. Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal to feed your family or something to impress guests at your next gathering, Macho’s Chili Recipe is the perfect dish. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Macho's Chili
Macho’s Chili

If you are looking for a hearty meal that will satisfy your craving for something spicy, the Macho’s Chili recipe is exactly what you need. This recipe has all the right ingredients to deliver a flavor explosion to your taste buds. Trust me when I say that this chili recipe will be a crowd-pleaser.

One reason why you’ll love this recipe is the perfect blend of spices. The combination of chili powder and ground pepper gives it a great kick, while habanero peppers add an extra heat level. The addition of poblano chiles and green bell peppers provide excellent texture, with a nice crunch that contrasts with the meaty stew. You’ll also appreciate the depth of flavors from the onions, garlic cloves, whole canned tomatoes, and tomato sauce.

Another reason why you’ll love this Macho Chili recipe is its versatility. You can adjust the spiciness based on your preference by adjusting the amount of chile macho, habanero peppers or any other spices. If you want a milder version, use green bell peppers instead of poblano chiles and reduce the amount of ground pepper and chili powder called for in the recipe.

Moreover, this chili is filling because it features three different types of beans: pinto beans, kidney beans and black beans. They give each spoonful some texture, nutrition (as they are high in protein), and an added depth that sets it apart from other bean chili recipes.

Finally, this recipe is simple to make: it’s perfect even if you are not confident in your cooking skills. It doesn’t require any complex techniques or obscure ingredients: just olive oil for sautéing meat and veggies, canned goods for easy preparation (though homemade tomato sauce could also be used), and plenty of pantry staples like salt and black pepper.

Trust me; once you try it, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Ingredient List

“Get ready to spice up your life with Macho’s Chili!”

Spice up your tastebuds with Macho’s Chili Recipe! This recipe requires a combination of spice mixtures and fresh produce. Here are the ingredients you need to prepare for this recipe:


  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled and chopped
  • 2 habanero peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Canned Goods:

  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole canned tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained


  • 2 pounds beef chuck stew meat cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound ground turkey


  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Oils:

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

With these easy-to-find ingredients at your local grocery store or farmer’s market, you’re ready to cook up a delicious pot of Macho’s Chili that will be loved by family and friends.

The Recipe How-To

Now that we have all of our ingredients ready, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and make the Macho’s Chili Recipe. This recipe can be made with either stew meat, ground turkey, or sirloin steaks, but for this particular version, I’ll be using 1 lb of ground turkey. Feel free to use your preferred meat cut and get ready to cook up something wonderful.

Step 1: Sauté the Aromatics

Chop 1 medium yellow onion, 1 green bell pepper, 1 poblano chile, and 2 habanero peppers. Mince 3 cloves garlic as well. Heat up a large pot with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add in the chopped vegetables.

Step 2: Cook the Meat

Once the vegetables have softened, add in 1 lb of ground turkey and cook until browned. If you prefer to use another meat cut, feel free to do so.

Step 3: Add in the Tomatoes

Incorporate in 2 cans of whole canned tomatoes, crushing them with your hands as you add them in. Pour in 1 can of tomato sauce as well.

Step 4: Add Beans and Spices

Drain and rinse one can each of pinto beans, kidney beans, and black beans in cold water. Combine with the meat mixture along with 3 tablespoons of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

Step 5: Let It Simmer

Mix everything thoroughly and let it simmer for at least an hour before serving. You can adjust the heat level by adding more chili powder or more habanero peppers according to your taste.

Congratulations! Now you have a hearty and spicy bowl of Macho’s Chili ready to enjoy. You can serve it with some fresh cilantro on top, grated cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips or even some cornbread. Want to take it up a notch? Use it as a burrito filling or pour it over some nachos! The possibilities are endless!

Substitutions and Variations

Hold on there, partner. So you want to put your own twist on this recipe? I’m all for creativity, but with chili, it’s best not to stray too far off the beaten path. However, there are some substitutions and variations that might just kick up your Macho Chili Recipe to new heights.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the meat. This recipe calls for ground turkey, beef chuck or stew meat, and even sirloin steaks. But perhaps you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something different, like pork chops two ways or cubes of boneless pork shoulder. You do you, but keep in mind that chicken or lamb might not be the best match for this recipe.

Now let’s take a look at the beans. This recipe calls for a mixture of pinto beans, kidney beans, and black beans. Don’t like one of those? Feel free to swap in cannellini beans or your favorite legume instead. Just make sure you pick beans that will hold up well when cooked low and slow.

For those who can handle a little more heat and spice, consider adding diced habanero peppers or extra poblano chiles into the mix. And if you love green chiles as much as I do, why not swap out the green bell pepper for some macho green chile instead?

Lastly, let’s talk about serving and pairing. While chili nachos, burritos, tacos or even pumpkin chili are great options for serving this dish on its own or as a side dish, why not think outside the box? Maybe try topping off a grilled cheese with some homemade macho salsa or even chili ancho macho sauce? Trust me on this; it’s worth it.

Just remember–substitutions and variations are great when used sparingly. Stick to what works well together and don’t overdo it. The idea is to enhance the flavors of the original recipe–not to destroy its essence altogether.

Serving and Pairing

You don’t want to ruin the magic of your Macho’s Chili Recipe by pairing it with the wrong foods. This chili needs to be paired with something that will compliment its flavors, not overpower it. You can get your creative juices flowing and make a burrito with the chili, add it to tacos, or pour it over nachos for game day snacking. You can also serve this chili alone, beefing up the flavors by adding sour cream, shredded cheese or chopped green onions.

The Macho’s Chili Recipe is perfect for those bone-chilling evenings when all you need is comfort food. It is best served with cornbread muffins or a warm crusty bread loaf. The cornbread adds sweetness to the hearty spicy chili, and the warmth from the bread helps balance out the heat from habanero peppers.

And for beverages, ice-cold beer is an excellent pair for this dish. Be sure to have a mug of cold beer nearby to quench your thirst while you chow down on this delicious cuisine.

By combining these elements and trying out different pairing options, you can create a unique culinary experience that will take you on a journey deep into the heart of Texan cuisine – where spicy chili reigns supreme!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Once you’ve made a big batch of macho chili, you may be wondering what to do with the leftovers. Well, fortunately, this hearty dish freezes wonderfully! Simply pop it into an airtight container or freezer bag and store in your freezer for up to 3 months. Pro-tip: label and date your containers so that you can easily identify them later.

To reheat the chili, simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then heat up on the stovetop, stirring occasionally until it’s heated through. Alternatively, you can heat it up in the microwave in 1-2 minute intervals, stirring in between, until hot.

If you’re looking for a make-ahead option, good news! Macho chili is perfect for meal prep. You can simply cook a big pot of it over the weekend and divide into portion-sized containers for your upcoming busy week. It’s a great way to save time and ensure that you always have a delicious homemade meal ready to go.

Now, let’s talk about storing. If you’re planning on keeping Macho Chili in the fridge for a few days, be sure to store it properly to avoid spoilage. I recommend dividing it into shallow containers or resealable bags and storing in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Pro-tip: Add beans or more tomato sauce before reheating leftovers as these additions will create moisture in the dish making it fresh again.

By following these simple tips for make-ahead, storing and reheating Macho chili recipe; you’ll have an easy solution for both weekday lunches and quick dinner options.

Tips for Perfect Results

Now that you know how to make a mouth-watering Macho’s chili, let me share with you some tips and tricks for perfect results every time. Whether you are an experienced cook or a novice in the kitchen, these tips will help you make the best chili ever.

First and foremost, always start by gathering all the ingredients and tools needed for the recipe. This includes measuring spoons and cups, a sharp knife, a large pot or dutch oven, and a wooden spoon to stir the chili. Having everything at hand will prevent any mishaps during cooking, and you won’t have to run back to the store to buy forgotten items.

When it comes to seasoning the chili, it’s all about balance. You want your chili to be spicy without being overwhelming or too salty. Start by adding small amounts of spices and seasoning as needed, taste the chili, and adjust accordingly before adding more. Keep in mind that the heat level can be tweaked by adding more or fewer habanero peppers or poblano chilies.

Another trick to making delicious chili is letting it simmer low and slow for at least an hour. This allows all the flavors to meld together and develop a rich, deep flavor. It’s tempting to rush things along or increase the heat, but good things come to those who wait.

If you prefer a thick, meaty chili with beans, use pinto beans as they hold their shape well after prolonged cooking. However, if you want your chili on the soupier side or decide not to include beans altogether, then canned whole tomatoes instead of tomato sauce can help achieve that texture.

Lastly, keep in mind that chili tastes even better the next day. If possible, make it a day ahead and let it mellow in the fridge overnight for maximum flavor development.

These tips will guarantee you an amazing Macho’s Chili recipe every time. So grab your apron and head into the kitchen; your taste buds will thank you!


Now that you’ve read through the ingredient list and the how-to instructions of the Macho’s Chili Recipe, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions. Don’t worry if you are a bit confused about any step or unsure about a specific ingredient. I’m here to help and answer all your questions to make sure your chili comes out perfect every time you make it. So, let’s dive into the top FAQs, and don’t forget to take notes!

What is macho chilli?

This type of chilli plant is perfect for those who prefer tidy and small plants that produce a multitude of small, slender fruits measuring approximately 1 x 4cm. It is ideal for placement either outdoors or as a decorative addition to a tabletop pot.

What is the secret to great chili?

When it comes to adding some exciting flavors to your dishes, there are a few unexpected ingredients that could take your cooking to the next level. For starters, cocoa powder can add a surprising touch of chocolatey goodness to your chili recipe, especially when combined with peppers. Along with cocoa powder, using beer as a replacement for water or stock can add a unique depth to your dish. Additionally, coffee and cinnamon are other ingredients that could bring a whole new world of taste to your recipe.

Why is Texas chili different?

When it comes to Texas chili, it’s all about the meat and the spice. This hearty dish is made without beans or tomato products, and instead relies on a potent chili paste made from dried peppers for flavor. With its bold, meaty taste and just the right amount of kick, Texas chili is a true classic.

How do you make chili taste rich?

Take your chili game to the next level with some additional depth of flavor. Create a pleasantly surprising and delicious taste experience by incorporating ingredients such as cocoa powder, ground coffee, cinnamon, tomato paste and crispy bacon. These will add a delightful blend of robust and savory taste that will have your taste buds begging for more.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Macho’s Chili Recipe is truly a must-try for all chili lovers out there. With a combination of savory beef or ground turkey, hearty beans, and a variety of different peppers and spices, this chili recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Whether you choose to make it Texas-style with beef chuck or go for a low-carb option with ground turkey, this recipe can easily be customized to fit your dietary needs and preferences.

So why not spice up your next family gathering or game day party with a pot of delicious Macho Chili? Don’t forget the nachos, burritos, or tacos on the side, as they go perfectly with this bowl of goodness.

If you’re hesitant about trying this recipe at home, just remember to take it slow with the habanero and poblano peppers – they can pack quite a punch! And don’t be afraid to experiment with different beans or toppings to create a unique twist on this classic dish.

Overall, Macho’s Chili Recipe is an excellent choice for anyone who loves authentic homemade chili that’s chock-full of flavor and spice. So what are you waiting for? Cook up a batch today and get ready to experience the ultimate chili sensation!

Macho's Chili

Macho’s Chili Recipe

Its a light, healthy, comfort food that I promise you'll love. Just be careful...its addicting.
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Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 1 Crock-Pot
Calories 273.6 kcal


  • 1 lb lean sirloin steaks, chopped, bite size
  • 1 lb ground turkey, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red beans (Goya brand) or (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained (Goya brand)
  • 1.5 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole canned tomatoes, NOT drained
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 poblano chiles, seeded, chopped
  • 3 habanero peppers, seeded, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 taplespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon tony chachere's original creole seasoning


  • Place chopped lean sirloin beef & 1 tbsn. of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat for 5-8 minutes, or until fully cooked; stir occasionally, once cooked place the meat in the crock-pot.
  • Place ground turkey & 1 tbsn. of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat for 5-8 minutes, or until fully cooked; stir/break up occasionally, once cooked place the meat in the crock-pot.
  • Place all the chilis (already chopped & minced) & 1 tbsn. olive oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes; stir occasionally, then place in crock pot.
  • Drain all cans of beans (black/kidney/red or pinto), then place in to crock-pot.
  • Pour entire can of whole-peeled tomatoes (with juice) into crock-pot.
  • Pour 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce into crock-pot.
  • Pour in the 3 tbsn. of chili powder & 2 tbsn. of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.
  • Stir in all ingredients until fully mixed.
  • Set crock-pot to high heat for 4 to 6 hours, or low heat for 8 to 10 hours; up to you & your schedule.
  • Occasionally stir (every other hour) the chili, while breaking up the whole-peeled tomatoes.
  • Serve how you like, I prefer with Tostito chips, but thats just me. Enjoy!

Your Own Notes


Serving: 239gCalories: 273.6kcalCarbohydrates: 32.4gProtein: 19.4gFat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 31.3mgSodium: 682.4mgFiber: 9.9gSugar: 6.3g
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