Super Bowl Chili

READY IN: 2hrs




  • Warning: this makes a LOT of chili. I suggest using a 12-quart stock pot.
  • In stockpot over medium heat, brown sausage or beef, stirring and breaking it up as it browns. Depending on how lean your meat and sausage are, add olive oil if the meat begins to stick.
  • When meat is browned, add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add chili powder, cocoa, and cumin. Stir well to incorporate and cook for an additional minute.
  • Transfer chipotles to blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding some water if necessary.
  • (Warning: if you aren't familiar with chipotles and aren't a fan of very spicy food, they are VERY HOT. If you aren't sure how much of this you would like in your chili - reserve it for now, proceed with the rest of the recipe, and then incorporate the chipotles, one teaspoon at a time, until your desired hotness level is reached).
  • Add (chipotles if you are confident you want all of them in there), molasses, tomato paste, ONE can of crushed tomatoes, and ONE cup of the beef stock. Bring to boil, stirrng well to prevent from sticking to bottom of pot.
  • Taste your chili so far. Add salt and liquid smoke to taste - it's a big pot, so you may need to add what seems like a LOT of salt to get it to taste right. A little goes a long way with the liquid smoke.
  • Depending on how soupy or tomatoey you like your chili - you may or may not wish to add more stock or more tomatoes.
  • The Velveeta may seem like an odd ingredient to add to chili - but it adds a creaminess that makes it all come together. If you're not sure you'll enjoy it - remove about a cup of chili to a much smaller pot, add an ounce of Velveeta and cook, stirring, to melt. Taste it - and compare it to the big pot to see which you like better.
  • If you like it - cube the Velveeta and add, stirring well to melt and incorporate into the chili.
  • If you have left the chipotles aside until now, and want to add a bit of zing - add them, one teaspoon or so at a time, stirring well to incorporate after each addition.
  • If you overshoot and it's spicier than you wanted - the potato flakes can soak up a lot of the spice, and you can add them a little at a time.