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Quite possible that this is the best chili that I have ever had. I took Cookgirls lead and finished this off in a crock pot on high for one hour then low for 2 hours. I can't wait to have this again tomorrow night. Thanks flower7 for sharing your wonderful recipe.
This is my first "quickie" chili that I've ever made! I was so pleasantly surprised. Love the cocoa in this.....I think that is what made this quick chili so enjoyable. This chili isn't spicy....so if you are looking for heat this isn't for you. But this is a delicious, really quick and easy to make chili. Again, the cocoa in this is wonderful!!
Excellent Chili. I followed it almost to a T - except that my chili powder is quite strong - if I had used 3 T - i would have chili chili bang bang out the bottom for two days.... so i scaled it back to 1 tsp - added 1 tsp ground cumin and 1 tsp oregano flakes. I still found it a bit spicy so I added about 1/4 cup extra cider vinegar to help take the edge off. Other than that - I followed everything... oh no wait, I didn't have kidney beans, so i used a can of black beans. I thought the flavor was pretty good... I'm looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I did like cookgirl recommended and paired it with the carrot corn bread - it was a really nice combo!
The flavors all work so well in this chili, flower. My small changes: subbed chipotle powder for regular chili powder and reduced to 1 tablespoon and added 1/4 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika. Also, I was out of tomato sauce so I took leftover salsa and pureed it with some water. The big change?: Cooked the meat and the spices together, threw the mixture and the remaining ingredients (except for cheese and sour cream) in a slow cooker and cooked on LOW for about 4 hours. Checked periodically to see that the chili wasn't drying out and if needed, add more liquid (didn't have to). Tried an extra sharp cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream for each serving. A spoonful of brown rice was added to the chili for a "meal in a bowl". The recipe title alone earns five gold stars and five additional stars for your co-worker Nate. You made Willy proud! Thanks for posting-I feel honored by inspiration. The flavor is definitely enhanced the second day. Served with a simple tossed salad and Carrot Cornbread.