In November 2010 I made chili for the first time. I'm not sure why I didn't post about it here, but I made notes on my computer. I adapted the recipe from what I saw my brother-in-law do, what I found on the internet and what I had available. Much of the following is from my notes, although I think I had about 1.5 lbs of beef and didn't add all the dry spice mixture.
- 4 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 2 tsp oregano
- ~2 lbs ground beef (15% fat I think)
6 slices bacon
- 1 can Ranch Style beans (because it's what I have)
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
- diced onion
- 5 cloves minced garlic
- salt and pepper
- ~ 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- ~ 12 drops Frank's Red Hot
I started this last week, but after putting the bacon in I found my beef had gone bad, so I had bacon squares for dinner. My BiL didn't use bacon, and it took a while to cook so I skipped it this time.
I put some oil in a hot pot and got it smoking a bit, added the onion and got it slightly browned. I almost forgot the garlic, so I left the onion sauteing a bit longer than I intended while I got the garlic ready and tossed it in. Then I tossed in the beef. I probably should have browned the beef in batches, but I was in a hurry and just tossed it in.
After the beef was browned I added the other ingredients. I wanted to simmer it for a couple of hours, so I added a can of water, too. After it was simmering I skimmed a bunch of fat off the top and stirred occasionally.
It's still simmering, but it tastes really good. It's a bit hot, and oddly it's sweet. I checked the canned goods, and they don't have sugar in them, so I guess I had a fairly sweet onion. But it's quite yummy.