Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Uncle D's Chili

Made chili today for dinner.  This recipe is one of our favorites. Though my husband doesn't like it very spicy.  If I happen to be in the mood for very spicy I just divide it once its been completely mixed and add more Chipotle-Barbecue Sauce to my half. The recipe is from The Good Stuff Cookbook by Spike Mendelsohn.


Uncle D's Chili
32 ounces ground beef
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup diced red onion
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 32-ounce can tomato sauce
1 cup Chipotle-Barbecue Sauce (I use 2 cups so its more spicy)

Chipotle-Barbeque Sauce (Makes 3 Cups)
Half a can chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (I usually add a little more)
2 cups sweet, mild barbecue sauce (I omit this because of the sugar)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses (I also omit this)


To make the Chipotle-Barbecue Sauce, add the chipotles to a food processor or blender.  Puree until smooth.  Add the barbecue sauce, ketchup, vinegar, and molasses.  Puree until smooth.  Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the seeds (I don't do this). Set aside what you need until ready to use.

Heat the beef in a large skillet over medium heat.  Cook, stirring and breaking ti up, until browned.  Drain of the fat.  Heat the oil in another large skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the onion and green pepper and cook, stirring, until softened and the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.  Add the beans, cumin, paprika, chili powder and black pepper.  Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring, until the mixture is fragrant, about 4 minutes.
Add the browned beef and continue cooking and stirring until well mixed.  Add the tomato sauce and 1 cup of water and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens, about 1 hour.  Stir in the Chipotle-Barbecue Sauce and season with salt. Add whatever toppings you like.  We always add shredded cheddar cheese.



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