‘Machine” Mike’s Kitchen Sink Chili Recipe!

Today, I’m sharing ‘Machine’ Mike’s Kitchen Sink Chili Recipe.  Mike’s the hero of my latest release, SOUL DEEP, and he’s a famous Poker player who’s made a fortune gambling in Vegas. His opponents dubbed him Machine Mike because he has no obvious ‘tells’.  Mike’s chili is the sole dish in his cooking repertoire, aside from toast.

ChiliMachine Mike’s Kitchen Sink Chili Recipe

1 lb.  Ground Veal
1 lb.  Ground Pork
1 lb.  Ground Lamb
½ lb. Jalapeño Bacon
1 (16-ounce) can pinto beans, drained/rinsed
1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans, drained/rinsed
1 (24-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (24-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 TBSP chili powder
1 TBSP ground cumin
1 TBSP chipotle chili powder
½ TSP Liquid smoke
2 TSP dried oregano
1 TBSP smoked paprika
2 TBSP barbeque sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lime wedges
Sour cream
Shredded Cheddar
Sliced scallions
Diced Jalapeños
Chopped jalapeño bacon


  1. In large Dutch oven, cook the jalapeño bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  2. Drain the jalapeño bacon on a paper towel and when cool, tear into bite-size pieces.
  3. Add the garlic, onions, bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, chipotle chili powder, oregano, and smoked paprika to the bacon droppings, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cook until the vegetables are tender and seasonings are aromatic.
  5. Add the lamb, pork, and veal, and break the meat up with a wooden spoon.
  6. Once the meat is broken up and browned, stir in the beans, the crushed and diced tomatoes.
  7. Add the liquid smoke.
  8. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, if necessary.
  9. Transfer the chili to serving bowls and garnish with lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese, diced jalapeños, chopped jalapeño bacon, and sliced scallions.

My local grocery stocks jalapeño bacon and it is the absolute most scrumptious food!!! If you can’t find it, however, it’s available on Amazon here:

Here’s the scene in SOUL DEEP where Mike cooks his Kitchen Sink Chili for Melanie:


Soul_Deep-Jianne_Carlo-500x800“There’s chili in the slow cooker, crusty French bread, and I bought diet ginger ale.”

That last one got her attention. How in heck did he know? She scowled at him, secretly pleased and scared at the same time. The butterflies in her stomach had developed into a swarming mass that warmed her from the inside out.

“Your friend, Brinda, mentioned that’s your favorite drink.”

Since when had Brinda turned traitor?

“You asked her?” Melanie cleared her throat in the hopes the squeak in her voice would go away.

“Doc G. and I were in her section.” Mike shrugged. “I wasn’t obvious. Promise.”

Melanie folded her arms. If he could be aggressive, so could she. “What did Doc G. want to speak to you about anyway?”

“He’s on the board of the county SPCA, and they’re looking to add another member, one with a business background. He wanted to know if I’d be interested in the position.”

“Oh?” All her fighting oomph dissolved. “Are you going to do it?”

“Depends. Mostly on you. We need to talk. And you know it, babe.”

“You can’t just kidnap me like this.” She hugged her purse to her chest and didn’t make a move to exit the pickup when he pulled up the hand brake.

“I have.” He was out of the truck and had opened the passenger door before she could utter a word. “You can leave after dinner if you want.”

“You ate already, remember? At the Caboose with Doc G.” Melanie squealed when he snapped open her belt and scooped her, purse and all, into his arms. He radiated heat, and the warmth cocooned even her cold nose. She stiffened every muscle, but maintaining the tension proved impossible. He smelled so wonderful, and the man-spice of him went straight to her head. How could a scent be so intoxicating?

Her lips tingled when they brushed the skin exposed by the open neck of the top of his checkered shirt. His splayed fingers firmed around her thigh, and the safety of his hold couldn’t be resisted. She gave up and relaxed, sinking deeper and closer into his embrace.

Mike kicked the cabin door open, and the fragrance of chili peppers, onions, garlic, tomato, and beans had her salivating. Her stomach grumbled.

“I think you’re starving, babe.”


I hope you enjoyed that little scene from SOUL DEEP and, if you try Mike’s chili, drop me a line and let me know if you enjoyed it.

FYI – two of my books—SINNER & PRYMAL LUST— are FREE on Amazon this month, so please download them! Here are the links:



Merry Monday to Everyone!



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