Dead Mike’s Chili

Dead Mike is Nonna’s skydiving buddy. He makes and eats this chili weekly (so he says). Goodness knows it is good enough to enjoy weekly.

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Dead Mike's Chili


  • Splash olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 3 jalapeños (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced) (Nonna recommends more garlic)
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can ro-tel tomatoes (See Note 1)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (See Note 1)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp ancho (See Note 2)
  • 3 tbsp dark chili powder (See Note 2)
  • Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt (to taste)
  • Ground Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can red beans


    1. In a big pot, add a splash of olive oil.
    2. Add ground turkey (or ground beef), onion, and jalapeños. Brown meat.
    3. When meat is brown and onions are translucent, add ground pork sausage. Brown meat.
    4. Once all meat is brown, add tomato sauce, chicken broth, ro-tel, and diced tomatoes. Mix (stir).
    5. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    6. After 15 minutes, add all spices as listed above. Mix thoroughly.
    7. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    8. After 15 minutes, add pinto and red beans.
    9. Cover and simmer for 15-30 minutes.
    10. After 15 minutes you can serve. If you want the beans softer continue to simmer.

    • Note 1: Dead Mike’s recipe calls for 18 ounces stewed tomatoes.
    • Note 2: The video says teaspoons, but the correct amount is tablespoons.

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