As the weather begins to cool down, many are looking for hearty, warm meals to get them through the mud season. Chili is always a crowd pleaser.  We’ve included 2 recipes of our favorite chili dishes below.  Living in the Rocky Mountains we like to add elk or deer into the mix to give it a more western taste. Feel free to supplement in different meats or vegetables to make it taste great!

Cattlemen’s Chili
Prepared by: Dale & Linda Bertrand and
Daniel & Genevieve Lyons


2# Ground Chuck
½# Chopped Sirloin Steak
2 pks McCormick Chili Seasoning (mild)
2 tbls Heinz 57 Sauce
2 tbls A-1 Steak Sauce
Mix seasoning-red pepper-black pepper-garlic powder (use your own or store brought).
2 pieces of garlic (fresh)
1 large Bell pepper
2 Onions
3 cans of Tomato Sauce
1 can Rotel Sauce
-A splash of red wine vinegar or white vinegar (holds down the heartburn).

Brown meat with onion, bell pepper and garlic. Add a little of mix seasoning. After brown add McCormick seasoning, stir add all other sauces and splash of vinegar.  When you add tomato sauce, add 1 can of water each. Turn down fire and cook slow.  Taste for seasoning, add if you need more. It’s always a good idea to add seasoning a little at a time, than to over season. ENJOY!

Blue Ribbon Chili Recipe

This is an award winning chili, and sure to please any crowd.


1 lb. Ground Beef
1 lb. Italian Sausage (mild or hot or both)
1/2 lb. Pork Tenderloin (cut up in small pieces)
1/2 large Onion or 1 small onion (yellow sweet onion)
1 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Chocolate (cocoa powder or semi sweet chocolate morsels)
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 Beer
1 can White Kidney Beans
2 cans Tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp. Cumin
1/3 cup Chili Powder
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Oregano


Cook all meats together in big saucepan with 1/2 of the beer.

Once boiling, add the onion, paprika, chocolate, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and oregano and let them simmer on low. Add the remaining beer. Add the kidney beans and tomatoes, but do not drain any liquids from the cans to the in pot. Use a hand potato masher to help mash up all the ingredients together about every half hour. Let everything simmer for 3 to 4 hours. And Enjoy!