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Dutch oven chili, shredded cheese in bowls.

Dutch Oven Chipotle Chili

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  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This hearty beef and sausage Dutch Oven Chili is simmered on the stove or cooked in the oven. Chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and ground chili peppers make for a deliciously smokey and spicy chili.


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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef *
  • 1 pound ground sausage*
  • 2 chipotle peppers, finely chopped*
  • 2 tablespoons Adobo sauce*
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce *
  • (1) 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • (1) 8 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • (1) 14 ounce can light red beans, rinsed and drained
  • (2) 14 ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • (1) 14 ounce can pink kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Heat Dutch oven or heavy, oven safe pot over medium flame.  Add oil and fry the onions until lightly browned.  Remove to a bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Add ground beef and sausage to pot and brown the meat.  Drain some of the fat if you prefer.*
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and stir to combine.
  5. Put Dutch oven pot in oven with lid and cook for 1-2 hours.  Stir every 30 minutes.
  6. Remove lid, and continue to cook chili for another hour if you can.
  7. To cook on stovetop:  let chili simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
  8. Remove lid and cook for another hour.*
  9. Serve with choice of toppings.*


*If you use beef with less fat, you may not want to drain it, choosing to keep the fat in the chili for added flavor.

*Removing the lid allows the chili to thicken in the last hour of cooking.

*The toppings in this recipe are sour cream, sliced jalapenos, and shredded cheese.  Choose avocado, tortilla chips, chopped onions if preferred.

*This recipe offers a hearty 12 servings.  If you'd like a smaller amount, reduce some of the ground meat and one less can of beans.