Tuesday, November 22, 2011

30 Minute Chili

Chili is one of our favorite things to experiment with. Kind of like the gift that keeps on giving, LOL. So this past Sunday I decided to try new techniques then just dumping a bunch of ingredients in a pot. This was AMAZING. Sweet, savory and spicy all in one pot. Best part was, it was super easy to prepare. If you are an onion lover, I would use 3 onions vs. the one I used. I am just the biggest wimp when it comes to cutting them and can’t get through one onion without my makeup running down my face and my eyes burning. How do you crazy onion people do this? Anyhow, enjoy this delicious chili, courtesy of yours truly. Plus, it only takes about 30 minutes to make!


1 tablespoon EVVO
1 medium onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 small can (6 ounces) tomato paste
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons chopped or diced canned chilies
2 tablespoons of garlic pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 pounds ground beef chuck (I buy the roped chuck, good for chili)
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
1 bottle (12 ounces) mild lager beer ( I used Fat Tire dark lager with a chocolate taste to it)
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can of sweet corn
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Hot Sauce to taste


1. In a Dutch oven or large (5-quart) heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes – they should be a golden caramel color.

2. Add tomato paste, chili powder, chilies, garlic pepper, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until mixture has begun to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beef, and cook, breaking it up with a spoon until no longer pink, about 5 minutes give or take.

3. Add tomatoes with their juice, beer, corn and beans. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a rapid simmer. Cook over medium heat until chili has thickened slightly and beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

Bon appetite! Doesn’t this just look amazing?! Don’t forget the Frito’s!

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