Chili 2

The flavor should be robust. It shouldn’t be too salty, but it shouldn’t taste like it needs salt at the table either. The best thing to do is taste after an hour of cooking and adjust the spices then, once the flavors have had a chance to blend. This can be eaten the day you make it but it’s better the next day.

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion coarsely choppled
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 2 15.5 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 small cans chopped green chilies (like Old El Paso or El Rio)
  • 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, mild
  • 1 small can sliced black olives (drained)
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (not flavored or Italian style)
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder (mild)
  • 1/2-1 tablespoons ancho chili powder (optional, very flavorful and can be hot)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon ?
  • 3/4 qt. beef broth or enough to cover mixture
  • A few dashes of Tabasco Pepper Chipotle Smoked (optional)
  1. In a large pot, brown the beef in a little olive oil until broken up and cooked through.
  2. Strain the beef in a colander in the sink.
  3. In the empty pot saute the onions and garlic in a little more olive oil until soft and translucent.
  4. Add the drained beef back to the pot with the onions and garlic. Stir.
  5. Add the drained beans, the chilies, the tomatoes with the juice in the can, the drained olives and the spices. Stir all of this together.
  6. Add the beef broth and stir. There should be enough liquid to cover the mixture. If there isn’t add a little water, or better yet, beer.
  7. Bring to boil then simmer uncovered on low covered for about 1.5 hours, then uncovered for another 1.5 hours or so until the chili gets pretty thick. The concept is that as the water in the broth evaporates and the mixture thickens the flavors intensify. Be sure to stir every fifteen minutes or so. If it starts to burn at the bottom reduce heat and/or stir more frequently.
  8. Check for spiciness level. If it isn’t spicy enough add a little hot sauce like Tabasco Pepper Chipotle Smoked Sauce or Frank’s. Or you can add a little ground cayenne pepper.

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