Lamb and Cranberry Chili

Lamb and Cranberry Chili

This is my personal, award-winning 2013 Chili Cook-Off submission. The smoky cumin and spicy peppers paired with the bold, savory lamb contrasts beautifully with tart-sweet dried cranberries! Try it for yourself at your next chili cook-off and see how you do! Serve with classic cornbread.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from the pan and strain excess oil.
  2. Step 2

    Carefully wipe any excess oil from the pan; be careful as the oil will still be hot. Add lamb and ground beef and cook and stir until cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease.
  3. Step 3

    Add all diced tomatoes, water, kidney beans, bouillon cubes, 1/2 cup ketchup, jalapeno pepper, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chile paste, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons Mediterranean seasoning, cayenne, and chili powder. Stir contents to combine evenly. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours.
  4. Step 4

    Taste and add additional ketchup, cinnamon, and Mediterranean seasoning if needed. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries.