Crock Pot Chili

READY IN: 9hrs
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 14
    lb salt pork, cut into 3/8 inch cubes
  • 4
    lbs round steaks, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4
    onions, chopped
  • 3
    jalapenos, seeded,vained,finely chopped
  • 8
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 4
    tablespoons chili powder
  • 2
    tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    tablespoon cumin, freshly ground
  • 2
    teaspoons Mexican oregano, not as sweet as mediterranian
  • 12
    teaspoon smoked dried chipotle powder (Cayenne will do if you must.)
  • 4
    (15 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, with juice
  • 1
    (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 1
    (8 ounce) can ortega diced chilies
  • 2
    dried New Mexico chiles
  • 1
    pint beer, i usually use brown ale,you can use a pint of chicken stock if you wish to avoid beer
  • 4
    tablespoons masa harina
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place the Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Sugar, and Ortega Chilies in crock pot set on high.
  • Cook the Salt Pork in a large pan over med-high heat to render it's fat, remove and save half of the drippings.
  • Well brown half of the meat.
  • Drain on paper towel.
  • Cook the other half of the meat.
  • when it's done put the first half in the crock pot and drain the second half.
  • Wipe the pan.
  • add the rest of the drippings.
  • Saute (stir Fry) Onions and Jalapenos'til they're almost translucent, 5-10 min.
  • Add Garlic and spices, Saute another 4 min.
  • Place last of the meat and the vegetables in the crock pot, mix well.
  • Place Beer (or chicken stock) in a sauce pan over med-high heat.
  • KEEP AN EYE ON IT!
  • IT BOILS EASILY AND BOILED OVER BEER IS A MESS TO CLEAN UP!
  • Top dried chilies.
  • Carefully split in half with a sharp knife, seed and vain.
  • Place in beer and cook at a slow boil for 10 min.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Place one of the chili halves on a plate and scrape the pulp from the skin with the side of a spoon, discard the skin.
  • Repeat'til all are cleaned.
  • Place the pulp with a bit of the beer in a blender and puree.
  • Add the puree and the remaining beer to the crock pot.
  • Mix well.
  • Cover.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Cook 8-10 hours.
  • Mix Masa Harina with a cup of cold water.
  • Stir into pot.
  • Cook another 30 min. to thicken.
  • Serve with beans, rice, pasta, or over toasted slices of a baguette of French bread.
  • Top with chopped Onions and fresh chopped Cilantro.
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