Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

My recipe for a savory chili con carne can be made in lickety-split time, or slow-simmered.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTE: CORNFLOUR CAN BE MADE BY GRINDING CORNMEAL IN A CLEAN SPICE MILL OR COFFEE GRINDER. IF YOU PREFER A SPICIER CHILI, ADD CAYENNE PEPPER TO TASTE. (STEP ONE): DIVIDE the onion and bell pepper into eight sections; REMOVE ribs and seeds from peppers; PLACE onion, pepper, and garlic in a food processor; PULSE vegetables until coarsely chopped.
  2. HEAT one tablespoon bacon fat or olive oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven and add the bay leaf, and chopped vegetables; SAUTE until just softened.
  3. ADD 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef and cook, breaking coarsely with a spatula as it browns.
  4. SPRINKLE 2 tablespoons masa corn flour over saute mixture; COOK for 2 minutes, stirring.
  5. ADD the group TWO seasonings and stir (at this point you can transfer mixture to a crock pot if using the slow-simmer method, using the LOW heat setting, then stirring in the remaining ingredients and cover, simmering for at least 4 hours); PROCEED to the following step for the stovetop method.
  6. STIR in the group THREE ingredients; BRING to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; REDUCE heat to a rapid simmer, stirring often until chili thickens to desired consistency (adding water if desired to thin consistency), about 30 minutes. (NOTE: If you're not in such a hurry and using the stovetop slow-simmer method, you can reduce heat to low and simmer for a few hours, refreshing consistency with water if needed).
  7. REMOVE bay leaf.
  8. LADLE into serving bowls and garnish with desired toppings.
  9. SERVE.
  10. SNAP your fingers and shout,"OLE!".