Delilah’s Wicked Twelve Alarm Chili

This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units). It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews. Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.

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1 (20 oz) can kidney beans, undrained
2 (15 oz) cans chili beans, undrained
2 (14 oz) cans black beans, undrained
2 (15.5 oz) cans black-eyed peas
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 lb hot Italian sausage
2 large green bell peppers, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
6 small yellow onions, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 (4 oz) can sliced jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
1 (7 oz) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
6 serrano peppers, finely chopped
4 orange habanero chili peppers, finely chopped
1 banana pepper, seeded and finely chopped
3 cherry peppers, finely chopped
1 Anaheim pepper, finely chopped
4 red Thai chili peppers, finely chopped
4 green Thai chili peppers, finely chopped
2 Tbsp chili powder, or to taste
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
3 Tbsp red pepper flakes
1/3 envelope taco seasoning mix
Cayenne pepper, or amount to taste
Salt and ground black pepper to taste


Place the kidney beans, chili beans, black beans, and black-eyed peas in a large heavy pot and simmer over medium heat.

Place the ground beef and sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until crumbly and evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain and stir into the bean mixture.

Place the red and green bell peppers, yellow and red onions, and garlic on top of the bean and meat mixture. Cover and steam for at least 10 minutes. Stir in the jalapeno, chipotle, serrano, habanero, banana, cherry and Anaheim peppers, red and green Thai chiles, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, and taco seasoning. Season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cover, and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 hours.

Serves 30.