Monday, August 11, 2008

Joe's Gold Medal Chili

Joe made this chili yesterday, as we were hit with a patch of unseasonably cool weather. When the temperature gets down into the 50's in August, you know it's time for a recipe like this one. It has nice kick, so spare the chiles if you mind the heat.


2.5 lbs boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, diced
10 dried red chiles, minced, with seeds
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced, with seeds
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 can (29 oz.) tomato puree
29 oz. water (use empty tomato can)
60 oz. canned pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 tbs chili powder
1 tbs cumin
1/2 tbs dried oregano
1/2 tbs dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
peanut oil

In heavy stockpot, heat 1/8 inch peanut oil over highest heat. When hot, add beef and brown, stirring constantly. When beef is almost done, add garlic, onion, chiles and bell pepper. Stir and cook 1-2 minutes more. Add tomatoes, water, beans and stir. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, basil, salt & pepper. Stir thoroughly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 1-2 hours.


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