Texas Senator Sam Pendergrast "greasy Spoon" Chili

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READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Fry the bacon to extract or "render" the fat.
  • Make a big bacon sandwich to eat while the chili cooks (after all, good chili doesn't have bacon in it).
  • Saute the ground beef in the bacon fat over medium heat, for at least 10 minutes.
  • Slowly add the cumin and red chili, a tablespoon or so of each at a time, until the mixture looks and smells like chili (this is a critical point; if you add all the spices at once; there is no room for adjustment to allow for personal taste.
  • Let the mixture cook awhile between additions, and don't feel that you have to add all the spices.
  • Add water to avoid sticking or if you want a thinner chili.
  • Add the cayenne.
  • Simmer for at least 2 hours, until you have to try some early.
  • Skim the grease if you absolutely have to or you can add some cornmeal to thicken the chili and make the grease "disappear".
  • Finish with salt, pepper and garlic to taste and if you like, the paprika to further darken the color.
  • Continue simmering til served.
  • Reheat as many times as needed until gone, it get better each time.
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