This is the best chili you will ever eat. Maybe I shouldn't say that. People get competitive when it comes to chili. But seriously, this is the only recipe I ever make. It's the best. I originally got the recipe from my mom, so it's been around for years now. And once you make it, you'll never use another chili recipe again. I know there's at least one of you out there who just said, "Them's fightin' words", under your breath.
Here's the recipe with my notes:
1/4 C veggie oil
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 lg yellow onions, chopped (about 6 cups)
1 jalapeno, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 lbs chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes (you can get away with less if need be)
1/2 C chili powder
1 12oz can beer
1 tsp cumin
3 dashes tobasco
1 7oz can diced green chilies
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 C water
2 15oz cans pinto or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sliced jalapenos, diced onion, green onion, cilantro, sour cream, Fritos, shredded cheese, salsa, hot sauce
Toss meat with chili powder and brown in oil over medium-high heat.
You'll need to do this in batches so you don't crowd the pan.
Remove and set aside.
Deglaze pan with beer.
Meanwhile, heat more oil in a large pot or dutch oven.
Add green pepper, onion, jalapeno, garlic, and celery.
Cook just until softened, about 7 minutes.
Add meat and beer to veggies.
Add everything else, EXCEPT BEANS, and cook uncovered for 2 hours, adding more water if it gets too thick.
Add beans during the last 1/2 hour of cooking.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve topped with optional condiments.
And when I say optional, I mean you MUST use the Fritos, if nothing else.
Here's dinner in my bowl:
Best damn chili this side of Texas. :o)