NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8 a proud partner of Operation Save a Life in Connecticut. This week we will have firefighters cooking their favorite dish.

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Firefighter and EMT, Moosup Fire Department (Plainfield) Andrew Turenne cooks up Tiffany’s Tailgating Chili.

Ingredients: Tiffany’s Tailgating Chili (Personal Performance, LLC – Sean & Tiffany Larson)

2 Vidalia onions

1 cubanelle pepper

1 orange bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

7 fresh garlic cloves

16 oz. carton of fresh mushrooms

4 stalks of green onion

5 fresh vine ripe tomatoes

2 lbs. ground bison (or 93/7lean ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey)

2 6oz. cans tomato paste

1 Tablespoon sea salt

2 pinches crushed red pepper

1 tsp pepper

6 packets of Truvia (or 1 teaspoon of Agave)

1 packet of McCormick’s 30% Less Sodium Chili mix powder

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 


In a large pot on medium to high heat, heat 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sauté all veggies except the tomatoes. Make sure all veggies are finely chopped in inform sizing.

Add spices/seasonings to pot. Stir occasionally.

While veggies are sautéing, chop 5 tomatoes, place in med/large bowl

Mash the tomatoes for 30-60 seconds with masher to release the juices in the bowl

Add tomatoes and excess juice to the sautéing veggies in pot. Stir.

Add 2 lbs. of ground bison, mix into veggies and stir occasionally.

Let cook on med heat until meat is brown/cooked.

When meat is almost 100% cooked add in 2 cans of tomato paste.

Let simmer for 30sec to 1 minute. Take off of heat, keep stirring.

Serve and enjoy … For even better results: transfer into crockpot and continue cooking for up to 5-6 hours on low heat. In this recipe, you may have extras which is a great way to prep your food during the week or following days.