Death by Chili - A Recipe of Fire and Brimstone

A killer, hot chili. The recipe written from the Devil himself.
Can you die from eating chili? Apparently so; in my my quest for a championship five-alarm chili recipe of atomic proportions (and which tastes good), I spent sometime on the Internet discovering (and you can too) that several people have died, including chefs from the hot-pepper infused dish. There's the mom in jail for force-feeding chili to her child as a punishment (and who died), or the aspiring backyard chili feud between neighbors that killed one of its competitors, and many other stories of death by chili (and/or chili peppers).

That's sort of makes eating chili an extreme sport. Almost every news article I could find suggests the individual was in perfect health prior to consuming the chili. In fact capsaicin, the ingredient in peppers that make them hot, is a known neurotoxin which under the right conditions effects the nervous system of the "victim" and causes asphyxiation. In short, in the right amounts, and depending on a person's susceptibility, you could die by making this recipe.

Personally I loved this recipe, and at least in the short term, I continue to be alive. My lips are however on fire, my stomach tingles, and no doubt the next twenty-four hours will be shaky.  All the flavors in this chili recipe have been upped exponentially. It's nuclear, it's greasy, and it's very wild. It's a recipe for fire and brimstone, and Hell on Earth. The question is, can you handle it?

Fire and Brimstone Chili 
  • 5 lbs of ground chuck (73% /27% fat)
  • 5 fresh jalapenos diced (and de-seeded [or not])
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons of dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne
  • ground pepper to preference
  1. In a large pot begin browning the meat, and adding the ingredients as you prepare them. Early on add the jalapenos and onions.
  2. Cook over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat, and simmer over low heat for 20-30 once all ingredients are added.
  4. Serve, and top with sour-cream.

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