There’s nothing quite like a hearty bowl of chili for dinner during the fall. Filled with tons of your favorite ingredients, chili is a dish made with everyone in mind. With a few additions and subtractions, you can make the perfect chili for any person, time, or place. So here are a few pieces of advice will help you make the ultimate bowl of chili.
How to Make Chili on the Grill
In the age of slow and pressure-cooking gadgets, we tend to forget our most trusted companion – the grill. Nowadays, gas grills have a lot of the same functions built-in as some of those products you’ll see on infomercials, meaning you can enjoy the outdoors and make a mean bowl of chili along the way. The secret to a delicious grilled chili recipe will come from using those grilling basics you’ve learned along the way.
Fresh ingredients always go best on a grill and chili lends itself to freshness. Take a trip to your local grocery store and look for all the chili necessities, but rather than sticking to canned options this time, find the fresh ingredient substitutes. Items like fresh tomatoes, dried beans and fresh peppers will go a long way to giving your chili an added boost. Sure, it takes a little bit of extra work to prepare, but it will definitely be worth it!
Once you’re back home with a few bags of groceries, it’s time to fire up the grill. Be sure to have plenty of propane on hand, as the best chili requires patience. You can find the closest location carrying Blue Rhino through our Propane Finder. After you’ve heated up your grill, it’s time to place those fresh ingredients on there. Whether you plan on having a chicken, steak, beef or vegetarian chili, make sure you have plenty of room on your grill’s grates to cook a few different items. Remember, no one ever makes just a single serving of chili, so you’ll need plenty of space in order to put those fresh ingredients to good use.
After grilling the proper ingredients, follow these steps to get the chili going on the grill.
- Begin by chopping your meats and veggies into bite-sized pieces on a cutting board.
- Once all items are diced, minced, and chopped, toss everything into a large, grill-friendly pot or cast-iron Dutch oven. The pot will allow you to sauté the veggies and brown the meat all at once.
- Add in your seasonings and broth to the pot. Bring this to a boil over high heat on your grill.
- Reduce the heat and allow your chili to simmer. At this time, you can stir periodically, making sure the meat is tender. This will take between an hour and 90 minutes, so keep your spare propane tank nearby!
- Add in your beans to your chili and let it simmer for another 15 minutes or so. Once you think it’s ready, serve in several bowls and top it off with your choice of cheese, sour cream, chips and/or crackers.
You won’t believe the rich, smoky taste that comes from making your favorite chili on the grill. Be sure to try this recipe and many more on our Blue Rhino recipes page!