Prep 10 mins
Cook 4 hrs
Walt Disney's home and heart were in the Southwest as evidenced by one of his favorite recipes. This is one of the Zaar recipes that I adopted. If I make any changes to the recipe, I'll post them.
- 2 lbs dry chili beans (pink or red)
- 2 medium onions, sliced
- 2 -3 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 cup cooking oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 (28 ounce) canwhole tomatoes
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (depending on taste)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- Soak beans overnight in cold water.
- Drain off water; put beans, onions and salt into a large kettle; add water to come 2 inches over beans.
- Simmer about 4 hours, or until tender; add hot water if necessary, to maintain liquid level.
- Meanwhile, prepare sauce.
- Heat oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven; add garlic and ground beef; cook slowly until meat is lightly browned.
- Add remaining ingredients; simmer 1 hour.
- When beans are tender, add sauce to beef mixture and simmer for 30 minutes longer.
- NOTE: For a very spicy chili, add a dash or red pepper flakes, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric and a small yellow Mexican chili pepper.
I did make a few changes to this recipe, but the changes I made didn't really affect the taste too much. I used stew meat instead of ground beef and I added a few drops of pepper sauce, because it just didn't have the kick to it that I was wanting. We just prefer the stew meat for the chili, so I cut the meat up into very small pieces and used that. Great recipe.