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Lainie's Award Winning Beef Chili with Habanero Peppers

Updated: Jan 21

Hello, I'm Lainie Eilenberger, your trusted Realtor in the heart of West Texas. When it comes to helping families find their dream homes in Lubbock and beyond, I've dedicated my career to making those dreams a reality. Today, I'm excited to not only guide you through the world of West Texas real estate but also invite you into my kitchen for a taste of the Southwest with my award-winning Beef Chili featuring fiery habanero peppers. Just as I've tailored my real estate services to meet your unique needs, this hearty chili recipe offers a personalized kick, with the option to adjust the heat level to your liking. So, let's explore Lubbock's vibrant housing market while simmering up a pot of comfort and warmth!


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 habanero peppers, finely chopped (adjust to your preferred spice level)

  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes

  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions for topping (optional)


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat. Break it into crumbles as it cooks. Drain any excess fat and set aside.

  2. In the same pot, add chopped onions and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes until they become translucent.

  3. Stir in the chopped habanero peppers. Be cautious when handling habaneros; you may want to use gloves, and be sure not to touch your face.

  4. Return the cooked beef to the pot and mix well with the onions, garlic, and habaneros.

  5. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juice) and all three types of beans to the pot. Stir to combine.

  6. Pour in the beef broth and add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything together.

  7. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will meld together.

  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more spices or salt as needed to suit your taste.

  9. Serve your hearty chili hot, garnished with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and chopped green onions if desired.

Enjoy your spicy and flavorful chili with a side of Lainie's famous jalapeno cornbread!

While you savor this chili, take a moment to explore the Lubbock and West Texas real estate options on my website, Discover the vibrant housing market, informative blogs, and details on open houses. You can easily search for homes by zip code, price, features, location, school district, subdivision, and more.

For those interested in the charming One Ford Road subdivision in Lubbock, visit It's the ideal West Texas experience, offering stylish homes reminiscent of Vintage Township and a welcoming atmosphere.

And if you're ready to find your dream home in Lubbock and West Texas, my MLS-connected home search website,, provides detailed information about each property. It helps you compare homes in the area and make the right decision for your needs.

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I hope you enjoy this chili recipe and find the perfect home with the help of Key & Slate Real Estate Group and me, Lainie Eilenberger, your trusted Realtor in Lubbock, West Texas, and beyond. 🌶🏡 #WestTexasCooking #RealEstateExpert

Steaming bowl of Lainie's Award-Winning Beef Chili with habanero peppers, a flavorful West Texas delight.
🌶️ Savor the Flavor of Texas! Lainie's Award-Winning Beef Chili is a West Texas Delight. Spice up your kitchen with this hearty dish. #WestTexasCuisine #ChiliLovers

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