Smoked Cajun Chili
photo by Curt H.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 (16 ounce) package Jimmy Dean sausage
- 4 (29 ounce) cans whole canned tomatoes (cut into fourths or eighths)
- 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans (washed)
- 1 (16 ounce) can black beans (washed)
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 6 jalapeno peppers, chopped
- 3 serrano peppers, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Tony Chachere's Seasoning
- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Call friends and family, let them know you are about to make some awesome Chili, and to be in your kitchen in about an hour.
- Before the stampede, grab a large (8qt) pot and brown the sausage on high heat (do not drain). The idea here is to get some good browning/sear in the pan so don't fret if it sticks to the bottom, that's the idea. Just don't go overboard and burn it.
- Throw in the celery, onion and garlic, cover, reduce heat and let it do it's thing for 10 minutes at least. stir frequently.
- In a separate pan, brown the ground beef (drain) and add it to the pot.
- Everything else goes in! Be sure to include all the juice from the whole-tomato cans, and I like to cut them very chunky (no more than 3 cuts per tomato) for easy eating.
- Let it come together at a high simmer for about an hour, less if you can't wait.
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The best chili I have ever tasted - perfect heat and the smokey flavor makes this really unique. I have made this chili three times now, twice for work events, and both friends and co-workers rave about it and ask when I'll make it again. The first time I made this, I used Bold Chachere's and it was a huge hit. Tried Original Chachere's and found it a bit too salty for my tastes, so the third batch went back to Bold.