Sunday, November 02, 2008

Chili Recipe

I had hoped to do some cooking this weekend, ribs, but ended up laid up in bed sick for the last couple of days. Feeling better though, thanks for asking....

For the first time since I started this blog, I'm going to post a recipe. I haven't posted any before because for one, I'm not posting my competition BBQ recipes for obvious reasons, and quite frankly I don't have many homemade dishes that are so good that they warrant someone else trying them at home.

But this chili recipe is pretty good and very easy to duplicate at home. It is basically meat, spices and some peppers.

Mix together in Large Bowl:
2 lbs Beef Sirloin tips, cut into 1/2inch cubes
1lb Ground beef
1/2 cup Chili powder (I use Gebhardts)
3 Garlic cloves, fine chop
1 Red chili pepper, fine chop
1 Habernero, fine chop (optional, if you like really hot)
1 Jalapeno pepper, fine chop
1 Tablespoon cumin

In a large pot, saute one large finely chopped white onion in 2 tbsp oil (I use bacon fat). Once the onions are clear, add meat mixture and brown.

Once meat is browned, add:
2 cups beef or veal stock
1 cup beer
1/2 cup water

Bring to a boil and simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally. After two hours, add:

1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon granulated garlic

Cook for another one hour, stirring occasionally. When the hour is almost up, add 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Dirty Dick's Hot Pepper Sauce). Adjust up or down based on how hot you like your chili. If you like beans, add one cup of black beans for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

I serve with chopped red onion, shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

This recipe is the result of a lot of experimenting over the last few years. That's the beauty of chili. Just like BBQ, there are so many ways to make it, and none of them are wrong.


FunnyGal KAT said...

The Pretend Husband and I had a chili cook-off a couple of weekends ago... and (according to my dad), I won! Chili is oh-so-easy to make, freezes well and can be made in so many varieties. I made mine with ground turkey and threw in some extra stuff like salsa and corn (I know, I know... I lost you at "ground turkey," didn't I?)

Ted Lorson said...

You didn't lose me at all! Actually, usually when I make chili at home, I will add any leftover meat that is in the freezer. Pork, chicken sometimes...

I hear turkey meatballs are good if made right.