Wick Fowler’s 2-Alarm Chili Kit 3.3 oz

(28 customer reviews)

$2.50

Or buy 8 for $2.08 per item.

This box contains 6 individual seasoning packets: red pepper, corn masa flour, cumin/oregano, ground chili peppers, onion/garlic, paprika.

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28 reviews for Wick Fowler’s 2-Alarm Chili Kit 3.3 oz

  1. Kevin Collins

    Taking out the salt allows them to publish a lower sodium content on the label. Many consumers analyze their food purchases by salt content. Not a dumb move by Reily at all; in fact it likely increased sales as more consumers demand low sodium products.

    If they listed adding salt to the recipe, then that would need to be included in the nutrition labeling. It’s easy to see the conumdrum they were in. Of course, adding your own salt (most everyone has salt at home) is the obvious, no hassle solution!

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Kevin, Thank you for the support and understanding. Yes, sodium intake is a large concern for many consumers these days and providing a product that allows for a lower sodium option has been a request for many years. With Warmth and Friendship! Wick Fowler’s Chili

  2. Deb McClintock

    I too, have been a fan of this chili mix for 45 years or more. I opened my box and had 5 packets of paprika and 1 packet of the chili powder and then a packet of masa. Wasn’t I paying for the seasonings? I guess not, because I had to add my own and treat it just like my own recipe. Waste of $$ in my opinion.

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Deb, We’re so sorry that your Chili Kit was missing spice packets. I’ve forwarded your info on to our Consumer Relations Department. Someone will be reaching out. With Warmth and Friendship, Wick Fowlers Chili!

  3. Lana Howard

    I have loved 2 Alarm Chili for many years. I fixed a pot two weeks ago and it was not as good as usual. Not spicy so I figured it was missing the red pepper. I always use the complete packet of red pepper. Tonight I fixed it again and noticed the red pepper packet was orange/brown instead of dark red. I used it anyway and was disappointed with the lack of spicy flavor. Have you changed the spices?

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Lana, Thanks for contacting us. We have not changed the spices in our Wick Fowlers Chili and are sorry to hear to notice a difference in taste. Your information was forward to our Consumer Affairs department. Someone will be in touch for more information.

  4. James Randall

    I am echoing the salt or lack thereof complaint the last two bathes I made including tonight’s were awful. I have made this chili for years and loved it, haven’t read the directions or paid much attention to the contents in years, maybe decades.
    You could have taken time to let people like me who just throw everything that’s in the box in the pot that there is no salt.
    Hell, even Campbell’s Chicken Soup says “Sodium Free” right on the label.
    I have salt, you could have let me know that you don’t I would have loaned you some.

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi James, We appreciate all feedback from our consumers. We will pass your feedback along to Operations Department.

  5. Rene M.

    C’mon – getting rid of the salt WAS a cost cutting measure. I can’t imagine Wick Fowler’s consumers giving two flips about sodium intake. You’re not selling Whole Foods organic chicken chili. Who are you kidding?

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Rene, We appreciate all feedback from our consumers. We will pass your feedback along to Operations Department.

  6. Yulanda McGilvra

    This chili was a childhood favorite of mine and my family. When made it this time, we were disappointed… as previously pointed out, the omitting of the salt packet and not including the amount on the directions was a bad move. It’s not like people who don’t want salt can’t just omit the package. The smacks of cost cutting rather that for customers request. Also we remember this as being way hotter than it was today. We used to have to add potatoes in order to tone it down a tad (1980 and 90s). Did you used to have a hotter kit? Just was a big disappointment

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Yulanda, Thank you for reaching out. We appreciate your feedback. Due to changes in consumer eating habits and their desire to lower one’s sodium intake we removed the optional salt packet from our chili products in 2017. This has been a consumer request for many years. I am happy to let you know that the salt used was plain salt, with 1 1/2 tsps for Wick Fowler 2-Alarm Chili. No changes were made with other seasoning packets. With Warmth and Friendship, Wick Fowler’s Chili!

  7. Margaret Gavin

    Been using Fowlers for 40+ years. always a hit. Until New Year’s Day. Made it and it was not very good. Realized salt was missing. Would have appreciated a heads up! If others didn’t want it, they didn’t have to use it. Seems like a cost cutting measure rather than a response to demand.

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Margaret, Thank you for reaching out. We appreciate your feedback. Due to changes in consumer eating habits and their desire to lower one’s sodium intake we removed the optional salt packet from our chili products in 2017. This has been a consumer request for many years. I am happy to let you know that the salt used was plain salt, with 1 1/2 tsps for Wick Fowler 2-Alarm Chili. No changes were made with other seasoning packets. With Warmth and Friendship, Wick Fowler’s Chili!

  8. Larry F McInis

    Did as box instructed. Did not seem to get mixed up. The meat has no flavor and the sauce is gritty. Must have done something wrong. Worse chilli ever.

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Larry, We are sorry you are disappointed with Wick Fowler’s Chili. We’ll forward your info on to our Consumer Affairs department. Someone will be in touch. With Warmth and Friendship!

  9. Don Sanders

    I was just reminded of some good ole days about Wick (after seeing an article about Tolbert and his BOWL OF RED). I was a part-time drive-in bank teller @ The Austin National Bank during the last year (‘71-‘72) of Wick’s life and my first year @ UT. He came through my teller window almost every day making a deposit for his 2 alarm chili company. He made my day (which were especially hectic on Monday and Friday). He was always jovial and we carried on a conversation just about every time he came. I concluded early on that was why he would wait in line to come through my lane. I considered that a big compliment and looked forward to it. Most of the time he would toss in a couple of packets of his 2 alarm. He knew my father-in-law and I liked it a lot. He asked if we could handle it hot. I remember an extra package of peppers occasionally too. He was always a gentleman with a smile and always asked about how I was doing.
    With fond memories,
    Don Sanders

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Don! We LOVE hearing these great stories about the founders of our products. Thanks for sharing your memories. With Warmth and Friendship, Wick Fowler’s Chili!

  10. Jim drennan

    Definitely a cheap shot leaving out the salt pack

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Jim, Thank you for reaching out. We love hearing from our chili users! Due to changes in consumer eating habits and their desire to lower one’s sodium intake we removed the optional salt packet from our chili products. This has been a consumer request for many years. I am happy to let you know that the salt used was plain salt, with 1 1/2 tsps for Wick Fowler 2-Alarm Chili. No changes were made with other seasoning packets. With Warmth and Friendship, Wick Fowler’s Chili!

  11. Toni

    Where is the salt? How much salt was in the salt packet previously included as one of the seasonings? I’ve made this many times before, but the last time it was horrible and I could not figure out why. I later realized the salt packet was removed. Since you no longer provide the salt, please consider adding the amount needed in the directions or in the list of ingredients where you list that salt is optional. It makes a world of difference in the taste.

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Tony, Thank you for reaching out. Due to changes in consumer eating habits and their desire to lower one’s sodium intake we removed the optional salt packet from our chili products. This has been a consumer request for many years. I am happy to let you know that the salt used was plain salt, with 1 1/2 tsps for Wick Fowler 2-Alarm Chili. We recommend to put in less than that amount, as you can always add more. No changes were made with other seasoning packets. With Warmth and Friendship, Wick Fowler’s Chili!

  12. Mary Cave

    😱 I have used Wick Fowler’s for years but no more! I made it last week and it was terrible! The spice packets changed. There was no paprika, cumin. garlic or salt!!! Hope you saved money because you have lost a customer.
    I am lucky that back in the day when budget was tight, I measured and recorded the packets.

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Mary, We’re so sorry that you had this experience. You’re information has been forwarded to our Consumer Affairs Department. Someone will be reaching out to you. Thank you for contacting Wick Fowler Chili.

  13. Richard Childs

    I’ve never had it and I love chili, i live in il and never seen this product all I’ve seen here Ray’s and chili man that’s about it

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Richard, Give 2-Alarm a try and let us know if you LOVE it! We certainly do.

  14. Carla Ayer

    My mother always made this chili but I haven’t been able to find it here in middle Tennessee. Can you tell me where I can find this seasoning packet?

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Carla, You should be able to find Wick Fowler 2-Alarm Chili at Kroger in Mid-Tennessee. Try our Store Locator for other stores in your neighborhood. https://reilyproducts.com/find-a-store/

  15. Clayton

    Just bought 2 boxes of your 2 Alarm Chili for my first attempt at making chili ever. Was good, but suspected something was missing and realized that there was no oregano/cumin seasoning included in either box – heads up for your packaging team. Didn’t have cumin but add some oregano to a bowl and boy what a difference it made! So minus 1 star for missing ingredients that are supposed to be included.

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Clayton, We apologize for this mishap. I’ve forwarded your info to our Consumer Affairs Department. Someone should be contacting you within the next few days.

  16. Hughes

    I have loved this chili for more than 20 years . I use ground turkey and sweet Italian sausage, crushed tomatoes and black beans. Actually won several company chili cook-offs with this “kit.” (Shhhhhh!) Had a hard time finding it on occasion over the years so have tried other kits and none can touch this one (Carol Shelby included). Pulling the salt packet not a big deal but not a smart marketing move in my opinion. This is supposed to be an all-in collection of spices, so excluding a key ingredient makes no sense to me. Anyway a minor irritation for a world class product!

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Hughes, Thank you for reaching out. We love hearing from our chili lovers! Due to changes in consumer eating habits and their desire to lower one’s sodium intake we removed the optional salt packet from our chili products. This has been a consumer request for many years. I am happy to let you know that the salt used was plain salt, with 1 1/2 tsps for Wick Fowler 2-Alarm Chili. We recommend to put in less than that amount, as you can always add more. No changes were made with other seasoning packets. With Warmth and Friendship, Wick Fowler’s Chili!

  17. Michael Dean

    Best chili anywhere.
    Did you know that Wick Fowler was a creator, cook, and judge at the Terlingua Chili Cook-off? He wrote a column for the Dallas Morning News paper called Big D.

    • Reily Foods Company

      Hi Michael, We love hearing from our chili loving fans. Yep, true Texas-style, World Championship recipe chili kits here, since 1967!

  18. Jacqueline McDonald

    Just love this Chili kit, but it’s not in any stores by me, hope it returns,

  19. David Newman

    2 alarm mix is my hands #1 choice for chili mix.
    Nothing else comes close!

  20. Karen Scott

    Been eating this brand for over 35 years. Hands down the Best🔥

  21. Cliff

    Great mix of ingredients, enough red pepper to spice it up if y’all want!

  22. ricky avello

    You guys make the best prepackaged chili kit in the northern nj area which is the only area of my expertise…lol.
    Thanks for a great product.

  23. bollingthompsom

    Simply the Best

  24. KathyC

    I love 2 alarm chili and I’m a homegrown Texas girl. Enough spice to make a weaker person groan. I love the heat. Easier and just as good as homemade, well very close. Used it with beef and with venison. Yum!

  25. Burke

    When did you take out the salt ???

  26. Theresa Brazee

    This is the best chili ever!!!!

  27. Paul Busch

    We’re native Texans and have loved this chili for decades…and then you removed the salt. Probably seems like no big deal to you guys, since everybody has salt in their cupboard. But, it’s just irritating that you’d put that extra step off on customers just to save a penny or less. Of course we discovered this by accident, since we don’t need to read the instructions. The chili was just awful that cold night…until we realized there was no salt included. You know we’ll keep buying it, but you should also know that we’ll be just a little irritated every time we make it. I’m quite surprised no one else has complained here. Or maybe we just don’t see those reviews…I would have given you a 5 for the previous version. Please don’t make any more “improvements” to this perfect recipe.

  28. AC

    This is usually my absolute favorite chili mix since I was a kid. But recently I noticed you stopped adding the packet of salt. Please put it back. It’s still optional but I don’t know the measurements for it.

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