In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Learn How To Make Chili From Cincinnati Firefighters

We came for the chili recipe, we left with stories about life in the fire service.

Even in a chili town like Cincinnati, we’ve always heard that firefighters make it best. So, we decided to put it to the test. Meet George and Ron Phelps, brothers with¬†a family history of firefighting in Cincinnati that goes back decades. George is retired now, running his company “Chili Rocks” and competing in chili competitions all over the world. Ron is still in service, working at Engine 29 in Over-the-Rhine. That’s exactly where we went to¬†discover their secret recipe and learn about what it means to be part of the fire service. We went to learn about chili, but we left learning a lot about life.

Learn more about Chili Rocks.

Phelps Bros. Firehouse Chili Recipe

What You’ll Need

  • 4 lbs ground beef
  • 2 lbs zesty sausage
  • 2 pkg of Happy Trails Chili Mix
  • 2 pkg of Cincy chili mix
  • 2 cans of V8 Juice
  • 8 oz. of bloody mary mix.
  • 16 oz. mild green salsa
  • 4 oz. Chili Rocks fiery peppers ketchup
  • 2 cans of beans
  • Tomato paste
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Brown sugar
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic
  • Red Pepper
  • Hot Sauce

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