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  •  Asdf (21+ / 0-)

    World's Finest Chili

    Ingredients

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 onions, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 pound ground beef
    3/4 pound beef sirloin, cubed
    1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
    1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle dark beer
    1 cup strong brewed coffee
    2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
    1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    3 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
    1 tablespoon cumin seeds
    1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1 teaspoon salt
    4 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
    4 fresh hot chile peppers, seeded and chopped
    Directions

    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic, ground beef and cubed sirloin in oil for 10 minutes, or until the meat is well browned and the onions are tender.
    Mix in the diced tomatoes with juice, dark beer, coffee, tomato paste and beef broth. Season with brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, coriander and salt. Stir in 2 cans of the beans and hot chile peppers. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
    Stir in the 2 remaining cans of beans, and simmer for another 30 minutes.

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    by Smoh on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:03:32 AM PST

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    •  OMG, beans in the chili???? No way. (13+ / 0-)

      Beans on the side, now ...

      The chili recipe above, minus the beans, plus a pan of cornbread, and

      Frijoles Borrachos

      2 lb dry beans, washed, sorted, soaked overnight in cold water
      2 bottles good beer (not stout, and not "light beer")
       + equal amount water, +additional water if needed
      1 medium onion, diced fine
      2 celery sticks (or one stalk celery heart with leaves) diced fine
      2 cloves garlic, minced (or to taste)
      1 to 3 long green Hatch peppers, seeded & diced
      1/2 tsp ground ginger
      2 tsp New Mexico Red chile pepper, dried & ground
      1 chilpotle pepper in adobo sauce, plus 1 tsp sauce
      pinch comino (optional)
      generous pinch EACH:
       Mexican oregano,
      ground thyme,
      rubbed sage,
      crushed bay leaf,
      cayenne
      ground clove (or a spice bundle of 2 stems oregano, 1 stem thyme, 5 sage leaves, 2 bay leaves, 1 pod dry cayenne, 3 whole cloves)
      1/2 lb bacon (not turkey bacon)
      1 oz stemmed fresh cilantro, rough-chopped
      Salt & Black pepper to taste
      Makes about 12 servings as a side dish or 4 as an entree.

      Drain beans.
      In heavy cast iron skillet fry bacon over medium heat until crunchy. Remove from skillet and reserve. In bacon fat fry celery, Hatch peppers, onions and garlic until onions are clear; stir in ginger, crushed chilpotle and adobo sauce, and spices, stirring well. Add beans, beer, water (and if need be enough additional water to cover beans 1/2'' deep). Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, and cook 45 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in cilantro and reserved bacon, heat through (3 minutes), season with salt & black pepper, serve hot over cornbread or with flour tortillas, fried eggs and picadillo.

      I don't care for comino (cumin) in beans and like as little as possible in chili. It tastes musty to me. This recipe works with pinto, red kidney, little red ('chili beans'), or black beans; if you want to use other beans you may find the cooking time varies.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:34:41 AM PST

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    •  How can this be a real chili recipe if there is no (21+ / 0-)

      beer involved?

      Not in the recipe. For the chef.

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      by blue aardvark on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:48:40 AM PST

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      •  Point. (3+ / 0-)
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        blue aardvark, basket, hnichols

        And just to rub it in, how about something from 5 Rabbit?

      •  Beer, you say? (5+ / 0-)

        And yeah, purists, there are beans in it, because I damn well like it that way. Skip 'em if you feel differently.  :)

        2 pounds ground buffalo meat
        1 large onion
        3-5 cloves garlic
        1 jalapeno pepper
        1 large can crushed tomatoes
        1 small can tomato paste
        1 large can dark red kidney beans
        2 bottles lager beer
        2 tbsp chili powder
        1 tbsp cumin powder
        1 tsp red cayenne powder
        Tabasco sauce (optional)
        1 pinch sugar (optional)
        Salt & pepper to taste

        Directions:

        Slice the jalapeno pepper thinly and set aside.  In large saucepan, heat a little oil or butter (or both).  Peel and roughly dice the onion, and peel and crush the garlic cloves.  Add to pan and cook over Medium heat until onions begin to soften.

        Break the ground buffalo up into small chunks and add to pan.  Add salt, pepper and (if you wish) a few dashes of Tabasco sauce.  Turn the meat until browned.  Drain off excess fat.

        Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste to the pan and stir together.

        Stir in the chili powder, cumin powder, red cayenne powder and chile pepper slices; an optional pinch of sugar may also be added at this point to cut the acidity.

        Let the mixture come to a mild bubble, then open the bottles of beer.  Add contents of one bottle to mixture.  Drink other bottle while stirring thoroughly.

        When mixture to come back to previous temperature, turn the heat to Low and cover loosely (allowing steam to escape).  Let mixture simmer for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

        While simmering, drain and rinse the beans in a colander.  In the last ten minutes of the simmer, gently fold the beans into the mixture.

        Once simmer is complete, cover and set aside to cool.  Can be eaten immediately; however, I recommend refrigerating overnight to allow the flavors time to meld.

        Variations:
        For 2lbs ground buffalo, substitute 1 lb ground buffalo & 1 lb thinly sliced buffalo or beef steak.
        For large can of kidney beans, substitute 1 small can dark red kidney beans and 1 small can black beans.
        For jalapeno pepper, substitute habanero or Scotch bonnet pepper (spicy!).
        Add one small can whole-kernel corn.

        •  I like beans in my chili too (3+ / 0-)
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          basket, hnichols, TKO333

          But no canned stuff. Buy the dry ones and cook them.

          I get red kidney beans and black beans, cook them separately.

          Soak them overnight. Rinse them, cover with water, bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Simmer til tender. It takes a while but other than making sure they've got water, it's not much work.

          Then I put them in big freezer bags and freeze them. They'll keep for months.

          When you want to use them, bring them out and throw them in whatever you want them in. You can let them thaw a bit first if you want, but it's not necessary.

          Easy, and unlike the canned beans, no salt, no sugar/corn syrup, and no preservatives. (Read the labels sometimes... it's enlightening. That's why I started cooking my own.)

    •  Chili-Mac hotdish (6+ / 0-)

      1 can Hormel chili
      1 can cream of mushroom soup
      1 box macaroni
      1 small can tomato sauce
      Pam cooking spray

      Boil macaroni and drain. Mix chili, soup, tomato sauce, and macaroni. Place in a sprayed casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

      •  Wow! (4+ / 0-)
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        Garrett, 3goldens, basket, hnichols

        This sounds like something even I could make...and it sounds delicious, too. ;-)

        Not a big fan of 'shrooms, though.  Would cream of chicken soup work instead?

        •  JBraden: I'd try the turkey chili with the (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Garrett

          cream of chicken soup, for best results.

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          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 03:30:55 PM PST

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