Aunt Josephine’s Chili Colorado

This is what my mom likes to call my birthday dinner… because it’s what she had for dinner the night before I was born.  It’s been in the family for years and is always a big hit.  If you could cook up childhood memories in a crock pot/skillet and serve them on a platter, this would be the meal to do it.  It tastes like home, comfort, and reminds you that there is still good in the world.


  • 1 Tri-tip cut into bite sized pieces (if tri-tip is unavailable in your area, stew meat will work as well)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Stewed tomatoes (14 oz)
  • Tomato sauce (14 oz)
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1/8th Worcestershire Sauce

The following ingredients are optional, and super tasty, my mom has added them to it after making it so many times through the years

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 small can herdez salsa (or whatever your favorite salsa is)


  • Combine all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low all day
  • Can also be cooked on the stove top, takes 90 minutes to two hours to simmer.


With refried beans, cheese, tortillas, and any of your favorite Mexican side dishes.
** I don’t have any pictures of this yet, but next time I have it I’ll be sure to update the page.

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