Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 20 mins
Finally, after trying out an untold number of recipes, numerous tweakings, etc. The title says it all.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 3⁄4 lb beef steak, in 1 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juices
- 12 ounces dark beer (not a sweet beer)
- 1 cup strong brewed coffee (espresso preferred)
- 12 ounces tomato paste
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1⁄8 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 1⁄2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin seed
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
- 4 fresh hot jalapenos or 4 other chili peppers, chopped fine (with or without seeds to your taste)
- Heat oil in large Dutch oven or other stewpot over medium heat.
- Cook onions, garlic, ground beef and steak for ten minutes or until meat is well browned and the onions are tender.
- Add the tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste and broth.
- Mix well.
- Add brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, oregano, cayenne, coriander, and salt.
- Stir again.
- Add two cans of beans and the chili peppers.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until steak pieces are beginning to fall apart, uncovered.
- This can be done in advance, or even the previous day.
- Before serving, stir in the remaining can of beans.
- Simmer for 30 minutes, and serve.
- Extra-nice served with cornbread, and a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar on top.
I thought this was delicious chili. Clear, easy instructions and the chili got better and better as it simmered. We like things with zip, so I did use all four jalapenos, although I did cut down the amount of cayenne slightly (I'd rather add more to each serving later). I did not have whole cumin seeds, so I used ground cumin instead and I left out the beans, since my family doesn't care for beans in chili. All in all, a very tasty dish that would be great for a Superbowl party. Next time, I may toss everything into a crock pot after the meat has browned - I think this would adapt quite well for the crockpot.
I'm sorry FlemishMinx, but there were just too many bitter notes in this. I think the combo of bitter beer, coffee and cocoa powder were too much for us. We eat a lot of chili, and although there were things about your recipe we did enjoy, I don't think we will be making it again. Being Australian, I don't think we can eat our chili as hot as you, so I cut the cayenne back to 1/2 teaspoon, and the jalepenos back to 2-perfect for us. The recipe was well written and easy to follow-just too bitter.