Winning Chili Recipe to Remove the Fall Chill!
Another great fall dish is chili. We had a taste testing dinner and this was absolutely the winner! (I have one book just devoted to chili.) This is such a versatile dish that takes well to freezing as well as serving to a crowd. The guests can serve themselves. A great dish for those fall sports parties. Those TRUE CHILI aficionados claim there should only be meat and no beans in chili. What the beans do is to maintain you blood sugar at a steady even level with no spikes and you have energy for hours. A fantastic meal for diabetics.
FAST FOOD: When you have to stop at a fast food place in lieu of starving, chili is a fabulous choice. Better than salads since these will come with dressings filled with sugar and preservatives. I will also freeze dishes like chili in individual oven proof dishes. When I come home from a busy day, I immediately take one out the the freezer, defrost and bake. Serve with a salad with your homemade dressing and it’s a tasty, satisfying and healthy meal. This recipe seems like there are a lot of ingredients but you will find almost all of them already in your pantry and the flavour is worth it! Perfect for game day!
1/2 cup dried black beans, rinsed, soaked overnight and drained
1/2 cup dried red kidney beans, rinsed, soaked overnight and drained
1/4 cup olive oil
2 onions, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 jalapeno chilies, stemmed and seeded
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 lb. cubed beef chuck or blade steak, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin seed (ground)
1 stick cinnamon 3 inches long
2 28 oz cans diced or crushed tomatoes
1 12 oz can stout beer
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup finely chopped sweet onion for garnish (optional)
1 cup strong cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
1 diced avocado pear for garnish (optional)
1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt for garnish (optional)
1. Put the beans into separate pots and cover with 3″ of salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cook covered, stirring occasionally until beans are tender about 60 minutes.
2. Heat a heavy bottomed 6 quart pot over medium heat. Add a few tablespoons of the olive oil and the diced onions 4-5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic, green pepper, celery, and chilies. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, adding more olive oil if required.
3. Add meats and cook until brown.
4. Add chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, cocoa and tomato paste. Cook for a few minutes and then add tomatoes and beer.
Add beans (drained).
5. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 1 or 2 hours.
6. Ladle into bowls and let people help themselves to the garnishes.
Serves 8 to 10 adults