Chili Con Blarney

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 1hr 45mins




  • Brown ground beef, breaking up beef with back of spoon. If beef renders a lot of fat during cooking, be sure to drain off before proceeding with recipe (I use a very lean cut and have my butcher grind it for me). Add onion (or shallot), garlic, celery, chili powder, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper to taste and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Add diced tomato, water, honey, cocoa and worcestershire sauce. Stir to incorporate. Bring to a slow simmer and cover pot. Forget about it for the next 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, give chili a stir. Taste it and adjust seasoning - you may want more salt or heat. Add beans, bring to slow simmer, cover pot and cook another hour. Uncover pot and check consistency - if you like your chili thicker, increase heat and boil, uncovered, for a few more minutes.
  • Serve in deep bowls, topping chili with 1/3 cup coarsely grated gouda cheese (either regular or smoked - both are good in this). Add a small dollop of sour cream or greek yoghurt, if you like.