Comfy Classic Chili

No pictures for this guy, it looks like your standard chili but on the contrary friends, it is not your same ol’ chili recipe.  A cinch to make as well. Use the following if you want an all around solid chili with a bite.

  • 1 jalapeno or serrano (seeds included, optional of course)
  • 1 Anaheim pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1lb or lean ground beef or other meat of your choice
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 large white or yellow onion
  • 1 pack of fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 2 cans chili-ready diced tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 pint of Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter beer or other dark substitute

SPICES (use best judgment, the quantities are guessed)

  • Cumin (1 tsp)
  • Cayenne (1/2 tsp)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cinnamon (a couple dashes)
  • nutmeg (dashes as well)
  • paprika (1/2 tsp)
  • garlic powder (1/4 tsp)
  • onion powder (1/4 tsp)
  • chipotle powder (dash)

First off, get your ground beef or other meat going in a pan.  Chop up your onion, serrano, anaheim, and garlic and add to beef.  Let those cook for a bit, until the meat is done and the flavors have melded.  Add to a large pot, with some oil, we used a chipotle oil from fustinis for some more spice, but not necessary.  Then add your beans (washed), tomatoes, tomato sauce, chopped celery, chopped mushrooms, beer, and whatever else was on the list that I am forgetting.  Stir and let cook for about an hour or so on low. Your house should smell of sweet spicy goodness.  If not, well, hope it still tastes good. For toppings we would go one of two ways…cilantro and chopped green onion, or shredded cheddar and sour cream.  Depends on how fat you’re feeling.  Delicious triscuit crackers in your stomach are also a good choice.  Just ask Carl.


One thought on “Comfy Classic Chili

  1. First use of Billy Madison clip in the blog. Love it!

    I’m definitely making something with spotted owls just so I can feature Dumb and Dumber.

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