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.

(Back to the present.) I know I finished it all, so it must have been pretty tasty.
Last week I made chili again, but I had 1 pound of beef, so I cut the dry spices in half. I didn't add beans this time, I used garlic powder, and I only added a little cayenne powder and no Frank's Red Hot. I've been eating it over white rice with shredded cheddar. I'm not as fond of this batch of chili...there is a taste I don't quite like, like maybe too much cumin or paprika, or maybe I don't like the chili powder I have. Or perhaps the whole can of tomatoes is too much for one pound of beef. Oh, I also used Shiner Bock beer instead of water, and the beer might be the problem, too. I like the beer, but the taste I didn't like might be described as bitter, so it could be the beer.
I used ground beef both times because it's what I had, but I'd like to get a chili grind or perhaps cube my own cuts. But that's if I plan ahead enough.