Chili Experiment v.42
Welcome to my continuing search for the perfect chili.
As always, I use the Penzeys’ Basic chili recipe as the spine.
Today’s batch is still cooking; so who knows how it will turn out?
BASIC RULE #1: No beans! (This may be the only time I am in agreement with Texas.)
BASIC RULE #2: Taste and fiddle with what you have in your pot.
BASIC RULE #3: Choose your starch delivery system carefully. (I am digging on couscous recently.)
Here’s the ingredients list:
1 lb. chuck beef, cubed
3 lbs. pork loin ribs, bone-in
Container of baby bella mushrooms
1 TB. peanut oil
1 small red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced, or 1/2 tsp. GARLIC GRANULES
1/2 tsp. fresh ground BLACK PEPPER
1 tsp. GROUND CUMIN
1/2 tsp. ground CHIPOTLE PEPPER
3 dried ancho peppers, scissored
4-5 dried chipotle peppers, scissored
1 TB. chocolate
1 small can tomato paste
2 16 oz. cans no salt added diced tomatoes
a bottle of beer
splash of apple cider vinegar
one cup of crappy instant coffee, made from granules and water
1. Set your Tivo/radio to a celtic folk station (shut up; just do it!).
2. Spend a bajillion years (25 minutes) cutting up the chiles, onion, peppers, and pork ribs.
3. Drizzle of peanut oil, then brown the beef chuck and pork ribs (kosher/halal Lizardim might want to substitute goat/sheep; lemme know); salt & pepper.
4. Half a bottle of beer to scrape the fond. Drop more oil and/or pat of butter.
5. Saute/poach the shrooms, peppers, chiles, onion, and garlic.
5a. Add back the browned meat.
6. Open cans of tomatoes. Add.
7. Open can of tomato paste. Add.
9. Add half a bottle of beer, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and one cup of crappy instant coffee.
10. One TB of powdered chocolate. STIR!
11. Add additional spicing or whatever (I tend to use a bit of cloves, cinnamon, and papkrika).
12. Cook forever (4-6 hours) in a heavy Dutch oven sort of vessel. Stir once each 15 minutes.
13. Cook your starch delivery system.
EDITED TO ADD: This worked out to be my new #1, beating out the “Bison, Lamb, Ostrich” chili attempt, which was the former #1.
Edited (AGAIN) TO ADD: Finished picture!
EDITED AGAIN AGAIN TO ADD: Finish with 2 to 3 tablespoons of your favorite honey.