This is the chili recipe the gang eats at Purdue Boilermaker football games. Prep and cook the chili the night before and then reheat the next day. This is a combination of many different tomato-based chili recipes.

How To Make Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

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2 hrs
2 hrs


  • 2 lbs ground beef chuck
  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
  • 45 oz 15 oz. cans of chili beans drained
  • 15 oz 15 oz. can of chili beans in spicy sauce
  • 56 oz 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 6 oz 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 green chili peppers seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp bacon bits
  • 4 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp hot pepper sauce e.g. Tabasco
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 10 1/2 oz. bag of corn chips e.g. Fritos
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. of shredded cheddar cheese shredded


  • Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. 
  • Next, crumble the ground chuck and sausage into the hot pan then cook them until they're evenly browned. Make sure to drain excess grease.
  • Pour in the chili beans, spicy chili beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  • This time, add the onions, celery, green and red bell peppers, chili peppers, bacon bits, bouillon, and beer.
  • Season the contents of the stockpot with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and sugar.
  • Stir the mixture to blend the ingredients well, then cover the stockpot and simmer its contents over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • After 2 hours, taste and adjust the salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste.
  • Remove the chili from heat and top it with corn chips and shredded cheddar cheese. Once you're done cooking, serve and enjoy!