Monday, January 19, 2009

My Favorite Chili

My Favorite ChiliLast week I promised I would share my favorite chili recipe. Several years ago, I found this book: International Chili Society Official Chili Cookbook. I tried several recipes and liked Joe Burgoz's Colorado Championship Chili the best, but I've made my own tweaks over the years (including the addition of chili powder!).

You can find lots of other world champion recipes for chili at the International Chili Society's website.

Recipe

12 cups, serves 6-10

Ingredients for My Favorite Chili2 pounds beef, chopped into small cubes
1 pound pork, chopped into small cubes
1 pound ground beef
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onions, chopped
1 medium-sized bell peppers, chopped
1 yellow chilies, chopped
2 long green chilies, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons red chili sauce
4-5 ounces spicy tomato sauce
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1¼ ounces chili powder, or to taste
½ tablespoon cumin powder
Dash of oregano
2 10-ounce cans beef broth
1 19-ounce can kidney beans
1 19-ounce can beans
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

In 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, sear meat. Add to chili pot. In another 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, sauté garlic, onions, bell pepper, and chilies. Add to chili pot. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and add flour and brown. Pour in chili sauce. Stir until smooth and pour into chili pot. Bring to boil and add remaining ingredients. Cook slowly 2½ hours, stirring often.

If the chili is too runny, strain the sauce into a bowl. Make a roux by melting ¼ cup butter. Add ¼ cup flour and cook until it has the color of peanut butter. Pour in the strained sauce and stir. Cook until thick. Pour thickened sauce back into chili pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

My Favorite Chili
Serve with Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins, a dollop of sour cream and grated cheese. This would be a great chili to serve at a Super Bowl party!

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  • 16 comments:

    Audrey said...

    Oh, this sounds good! Great flavors and seasonings. I'm sure it's not traditional to include the mushrooms, but I would like them!

    MeetaK said...

    we had a chili last weekend and i normally do not use ground meat. the flavors here sound great!

    pigpigscorner said...

    Looks really delicious! Sounds really wonderful from the ingredients!

    Maria said...

    Chili is so good in the winter! I can never get enough!

    Hannah said...

    Chili is such great comfort food, huh? Especially well suited for all the snow we've had lately, too!

    karen said...

    this sounds good as i'm looking over the ingredient list. lots of new stuff i've never used in any of my recipes like yellow mustard and red chili sauce, even mushrooms. i like sweet and spicy chili best, me and the boyfriend go to chili cookoffs a lot during the summer.

    Manggy said...

    Whoa, championship Chili! Very encouraging indeed-- but most encouraging of all is the delicious photo, just the thing to melt my insides! :)

    Gabriel said...

    how big is your crock? This doesn't look like it would it in my 3 quart model

    Grace said...

    ya gots ta have the beans, regardless of the after-effects! :) looks great, shari.

    Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

    Audrey - I don't always include them, but they go well in the chili.

    MeetaK - Sometimes I take a shortcut and just use ground meat.

    pigpigscorner - It is delicious!

    Maria - I'm with you.

    Hannah - It warms you up.

    Karen - I've never been to a chili cookoff. Sounds fun!

    Manggy - We need something to melt us up here in Canada!

    Gabriel - My crockpot holds 12 cups, which is 3 quarts (just the right fit for this recipe). The original recipe was double this amount.

    Grace - The original recipe didn't include any beans, but I agree with you. It's not chili without them!

    Thanks for dropping by!
    ~Shari

    diva said...

    i haven't had a lot of chili in my lifetime and the ones i've had have not had that list of amazing ingredients. cheers for the recipe! :) x

    Anonymous said...

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is hands down the best tasting chili I've ever eaten. And the photos are very taste-ful. Great post!!

    Pam said...

    I love a good chili! And I love your cute, colorful prep bowls.

    ChiliCheeseFries said...

    Man this looks good. It's cold out so probably gonna try this this weekend.

    Kayte said...

    Copied it...will try it! Looks very tasty!

    Jude said...

    Oh my. thanks for pointing us out to that website. I've been looking for that one chilli recipe, too.