Numero Uno Chili Con Carne With Beans

"Winner of the 1985 NY State Chili Cook-Off"
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Ready In:
2hrs 40mins




  • In a large skillet, over med.
  • heat, warm the oil.
  • Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a 4 to 5 quart heavy flameproof casserole or Dutch oven over med. heat, combine beef and pork.
  • Season with salt and cook, stirring often, until meat has lost all its pink color and is evenly crumbled, about 20 minutes.
  • Scrape onions into casserole with meats.
  • Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cocoa, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
  • Cook, stirring, 5 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato juice and beef stock.
  • Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  • Taste, correct seasonings and simmer another 30 minutes or until chili is thickened to your liking.
  • Stir in garlic. To thicken chili further or to bind any surface fats, stir in the optional cornmeal.
  • Stir in the beans and simmer another 5 minutes.

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  1. This recipe was bland and unappetizing. I don't want to sound rude but after all the trouble I went through to make this recipe only to be rudely disappointed by the horrible addition of the chocolate (which you can definitely taste), knowing I had been hesitant to add it to the recipe in the first place was very disconcerting. The instructions were not very good. I wasn't sure whether to drain the meat or not. There was definitely not enough chili powder and the tomato juice was not a good enough substitution for stewed or diced tomatoes. I am sure this recipe was good when it won the contest, however, I believe my recipe to be much better and I should have stuck to my gunz! Take care!
  2. I used this recipe using all ground turkey, and used two cans of rotel, with one cup of tomato juice. It was some of the best chili I have had, and lower in fat. Thank you so much for the recipe. Dennis Baker
  3. Everyone loved it. I have made it up twice in one week. I put it up in the freezer in individual servings.
  4. I enjoyed this unique chili; the chocolate adds a very interesting, rich flavor. This recipe is worth a try for any chili lover looking for something a little different. Thanks for the recipe.



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