The Best Bowl of Chili I've Ever Had...
photo by SharonChen
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- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef
- 1 large chopped onion (yellow or white)
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans kidney beans
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 (4 ounce) can chopped jalapenos
- 1 teaspoon Splenda sugar substitute (or sugar)
- 1 cup dark beer (Newcastle or ?)
- 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican mix)
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
- Cook ground beef in large frying pan.
- While cooking, stir and chop beef with spatula to crumble.
- Continue cooking for about 7 minutes or until the meat is brown and cooked through.
- Add the onion, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and tabasco.
- Cook while stirring, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer to large pot. Add the Kidney beans (juice and all), canned tomatoes (juice and all), the tomato paste, jalapenos (yep, juice and all), splenda (or sugar), and beer.
- Stir well and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Top individual bowls of chili with a dollop of sour cream and a generous sprinkle of cheese.
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WOW this is absolutely delicious! Great flavor and just the right amount of heat. I made as written with the exception of not adding chopped jalapenos and I didn't see where the taste was compromised. I did simmer covered for about 2 hours stirring occasionally, then simmered uncovered for another 2 hours stirring occasionally, until it had thickened up some. This will be added to my favorite chili recipe folder. Thanks for posting such an awesome chili recipe. Made for Fall 2011 PAC.
My work had its annual chili cook-off and I wanted to enter. I had never made chili before so I got online and found this recipe! Through it together last night and brought it into work today hoping it would go over well. Guess what!? I won 2nd place! Everyone told me my chili was so good! This is a great recipe and taste so good. Saving and will start making this more often!!
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I made a few changes... I used a mixture of ground angus and brisket. I used fresh oregano and jalapeños. I also used smoked paprika and chipotle Tabasco. I omitted the sugar and for the beer I used a cold pressed coffee pumpkin ale.. it turned out amazing!! Also we put ours over rice with fresh onion and shredded cheese
So we've made this many many times! Absolutely great! I always add one can of fire roasted corn - offsets some of the heat. Also, I use 2lbs vs the 1.5lbs. Then I almost always add two tablespoons of peanut butter(smooth), it makes the chili so rich! And then we bake cornbread and pour the chili on top of it.
I substituted a small glass of vodka and coke and a tablespoon of brown sugar instead of beer and the Splenda. Savory instead of the Oregano (because that's all I had). I topped it all off with bacon-infused sour cream, home grown chives and a sprinkle of home made Sriracha, line juice and rock salt. And it was awesome! Or at least the vodka thought so??
I didn't have beer on hand, so I substituted it for beef broth and substituted the white sugar for brown to offset it a little bit. I also used my crockpot. First I browned the meat on the stove and seasoned it with salt, pepper, and dried minced onion. Then added everything to the crock pot. Turned out perfect! A good base recipe. I plan to tweak it some more next time I make it by adding green and red bell peppers.
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Currently working as a mental health provider for the US Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. I work in Deployment Health - counseling military members returning from war. I was a bartender for 13 years (so the move over to counseling was not too great a leap...) and when I have time, love to write. My passion is travel - especially to tropical locales and eating is also one of my favorite pastimes. As a result of the eating pastime, working out is one of my not- so-favorite, but very necessary, hobbies. I moved to Okinawa Japan 11 years ago (May 2006) and hope to be here until I get tired of the place (after that who knows?!). I love cooking but wish I had a sous chef and a dishwasher to do all the dirty work!