Stolen Chili Recipe

Introductory note from the person who gave it to me:   “I don’t know the up-comins of this chili recipe.  It is NOT some old family favorite passed down through the ages.  We came upon it at the World’s Largest Chili Cook-off in Terlingua, Texas (Big Bend County).  The chuckwagon chef fell prey to a diversion (the sexy kind) and we made off with his pride and joy.”

Meat:  5 pounds boneless sirloin tip roast or sirloin steak [I have used    low-fat content ground beef with success]

Liquids: 

  • 6- 12 oz. beers, 5 to drink and 1 for the chili [feel free to ignore the directions to drink the five beers!]
  • 1- 8 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1- 12 oz. can tomatoes [I use a pint, home canned from the garden]
  • 1 C. water
  • 2 C. beef stock

Veggies:

  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 large white onion
  • 6 large garlic cloves mashed in oil to form a paste [I just mince them]
  • 12 oz. dried kidney beans, preferably cooked yourself in bacon fat stock and water [a 28 oz. can works well]
  • 12 oz. dried black beans, preferably cooked yourself in bacon fat stock and water [a 28 oz. can works well]
  • 12 oz. dried pinto beans, preferably cooked yourself in bacon fat stock and water [a 28 oz. can works well]

Spices:

  • 10 Tbsp chili powder [or to taste]
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper [ to taste.  You may not need any if you used hot paprika rather than sweet.]

For extra heat add ground chili arbol or ground habenero pepper.  Start at 1/4 tsp. and remember it gets hotter the longer it simmers or sets.

Directions:

  1. Brown the meat and  put it and any juices in a large pot.
  2. Saute onions in kidney fat (or oil) and add to pot.
  3. Add one 12 oz. beer, tomato paste, water, stock and canned tomatoes plus mashed garlic and 1 tsp each of the salt and pepper.
  4. Drink 5 beers (or let the chili simmer, covered, for two hours)  Don’t forget to stir.
  5. Add chili powder, cumin, 1 Tbsp. paprika, oregano, remaining 1 tsp each of salt and pepper and beans.
  6. Clean up your mess or let it simmer another two hours.
  7. Gather up an ample water supply and ladle up a bowl of goodness.

 

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