Award Winning Chili


1 bell pepper chopped

1 large onion chopped

1.5 lbs. Ground beef

2 cups broth of choice

15 oz can kidney beans

15 oz can pinto beans

15 oz can black beans

15 oz can diced tomatoes
(fire roasted if you want spicy)

6 oz tomato paste

1 Jalapeno diced (optional)

1 tbsp dried oregano

2 tsp Cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp Worcestershire

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

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Award Winning Chili

Nov 06, 2022Brian Witmer
Contributed By: Live. Life. Simple.

This recipe makes 1 ½ - 1 ¾ medium trays or 9 - 10 cups*


(This recipe can be done in an instant pot or a crock pot)
  1. In a frying pan or instant pot, Sauté onion and pepper, if using an instant pot, use the sauté button
  2. In a separate pan brown the ground beef, then rinse fat and grease and towel off to remove as much fat as possible
  3. Once the onions and peppers are sauteed and tender, add them to crock pot if using one
  4. Add broth, ground beef, diced tomatoes, optional jalapeno and tomato paste to the pot
  5. Drain and rinse all of the beans and add to the pot
  6. Add oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic, Worcestershire to the pot
  7. Mix thoroughly and put lid on instant pot or crock pot
  8. For the instant pot use the bean or chili setting and cook for 20 minutes, if making this in a crock pot, cook for 3-4 hours
  9. Add chili to parchment lined freeze dryer trays and add tray dividers in the 10 portion setting.
  10. I strongly recommend freezing chili before freeze drying!
  11. You may also consider a tray of toppings such as cheese, sour cream, cilantro etc.
  12. Store Appropriately (See Tips and Tricks for storage help)


Cycle Time:

My cycle time was 36 hours in a medium freeze dryer, using 22.85 KWh of electricity


For each 1/10th portion square add ½ C Hot Water and stir, and let sit covered for 5 min, stir and let sit an additional 3-5 minutes.


* Large Tray = 8 Cups/tray   Medium = 6 Cups/Tray   Small = 4 Cups/Tray

Cycle times & rehydration for reference only. Your results may vary.

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