Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bowl of chili for the chilly weather

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My son's school has a Harvest festival each October and every time they have chili for sale. 
When I saw the chili for the first time I told myself " There is no way in hell I'm eating this!", but when I finally tried it, I was pleasantly surprised, because it was really delicious! That was actually where I picked up the habit of eating the chili with sour cream and cheddar cheese too.  I have been looking online for the perfect recipe and I found this "Best chili you will ever taste"recipe and I decided this is it. I changed some things in it, so it's not completely the original, but I still felt the need to quote the link where I got it from.
It is indeed the best chili I ever tasted! 
Enough about my love for chili, here is the recipe that will warm you up for sure!
 Ingredients
You will need:

2 tsp oil
1 red onion, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
2 cups sweet Mexican peppers ( red, yellow, orange) chopped
1 lbs lean ground beef
2 cups crushed tomatoes
1 can beer
1 cup strong espresso coffee ( already brewed, not ground dry coffee)
1 cup tomato paste
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar ( or white + molasses)
3 tbs hot sauce
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
2 cups red beans ( cooked)
1 chili pepper, chopped

 Aren't they just adorable? :-)
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Preparation

1. In a large pan stir-fry the beef with the oil, onions, peppers and garlic. 

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2.  When the onions are golden add the crushed tomatoes,the beer, tomato paste, water, coffee and brown sugar. Simmer for 20  min.

3. After the first 20  min, add the hot sauce, cumin, cocoa, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt. Simmer for 40 more minutes.

4. Stir well and add the  red beans ( that are already cooked!) and the chili pepper.

5. Serve hot and garnish with cheddar, sour cream and pepper.

Enjoy!

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2 comments:

  1. Hello Annie,

    Your blog is an absolute pleasure to view! I am big believer that beyond a nice bowl of steaming stew, there's little beyond a good bowl of chili that can cure a chill. The amazing thing about chili is that there are few rules, except it should contain beans and meat. Beyond that, the sky is the limit. I've made chili a plethora of ways, adding everything from chicken to tomatillos. I look forward to trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing!!! I'll let you know how it turns out:)

    Holly

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  2. Thank you, Holly for your nice words! I'm glad you like my blog. I was very skeptical about this recipe because of the beer-coffee-cocoa combination, but to my surprise it was outstanding! Give it a try and let me know if you like it! :-)

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