California Chili

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Total Time
3hrs 25mins
Prep
25 mins
Cook
3 hrs

This is a wonderful tasting all meat, no bean chili. The flavor of this is enhanced if it is made 24 hours in advance. For the best results use a dutch oven. A large pot also works. It may also work in a crockpot but I haven't tried that yet.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan simmer the tomatoes, water, 1 large onion, celery, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper for 30 minutes covered and another 30 minutes uncovered. Set aside.
  2. In the meantime, in a large dutch oven over medium heat, saute the medium onion, green pepper, and garlic in the lard for 3-5 minutes. With a slotted spoon remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the meats to the dutch oven and brown over medium-high heat for 5-8 minutes. Add more lard if necessary. Add the flour to the browned meats, stirring well. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Return the vegetable mixture to the dutch oven with the meats. Add the chili powder, bay leaves, 1 tbsp salt, brown sugar, oregano, and vinegar. Add the tomato sauce. Stir. Cover and simmer over low heat for 2 hours. Add more water if necessary (It should be thick).
  5. Add the olives and cheese and simmer covered for an additional 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove bay leaves.
  7. Serve in bowls with finely chopped onions and more cheese if desired.
  8. Good with a tossed salad and corn bread.