Island Chilli

island_chilliThis recipe makes the most wonderful chili I have ever tasted… and I’m not just saying that because I love our Jamaican Sauces (although I do).  With warm bread for sopping and a bowl of this chili you won’t need another thing to warm you from head to toe and fill you with a feeling of satisfied bliss on a cold winter night.






Roux Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup of  Butter (Not margarine)
  • 1/4 Cup of All Purpose Flour (for Gluten Free, use rice flour)


  1. Over a very low heat melt the butter in a large size cooking pot and begin to whisk in a little flour at a time until all of it is mixed into the butter.
  2. Continue whisking for approximately 5 minutes on low heat. The mixture will turn a medium brown to copper color.
  3. Be very careful to not let the mixture burn. If you burn it, start over!
  4. After achieving the desired color, turn heat to lowest setting. Do not allow the roux to remain unstirred on the heat. 

Chilli Ingredients:

  • 1 onion (medium to large)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1& 1/2 Pound ground beef  (we use ground chuck)
  • 1 can of  tomatoes – 28 ounces (we like to use the petite diced)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 or 2 cans (15oz) beans of your choice, rinsed and drained. (We used Great Northern Beans because it’s what we had in the cupboard.  Patti likes kidney beans but Doc doesn’t)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon to 1 Tablespoon Salt (salt to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1/4 Cup Doc’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Doc’s Jamaican Hot Sauce


  1. Drain and rinse beans well in a collander (starchy beans will not be your friend in this recipe)
  2. Coarsley chop the onion.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan and saute chopped onion until tender.
  4. Add ground beef to cooked onion and brown until cooked through.
  5. Drain off excess fat (if you use good quality ground chuck, do not drain)
  6. In the large pot containing the roux, add the can of tomatoes and water and mix well with whisk.
  7. Add salt and cumin and stir.
  8. Add the Doc’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce and Doc’s Jmaican Hot Sauce and mix thoroughly.
  9. Add the beans.
  10. Add sauted the ground beef and onion
  11. Mixing all ingredients together thoroughly, cook over low to medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir or whisk off and on during the cooking.
  12. Serve and garnish with cheese, if you like. You can also serve it over pasta or polenta.  DELICIOUS!

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