Everyone likes to share recipes around this time of year, and I'm no exception. I truly believe that my chili could take your chili's lunch money, after all.
With the Super Bowl tomorrow, I wanted to give you a recipe for a chili that's easy to make and requires basically no supervision. You're going to cut up the ingredients, toss them into a crockpot and leave it in there for at least 12 hours. At that point, you can throw the whole thing in the fridge or just starting eating it, depending on where you stand on the "letting chili sit makes it better" spectrum.
Here's the recipe for Super Bowl Sunday.
1-1.5 pounds of beef, 80% fat-free/20% fat
1 large white onion
1 large bell pepper
2 celery stalks
2 cans of black beans, drained
1 can of kidney beans, drained
1 can of tomato paste
2 cans of crushed or diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce/soup, depending on thickness preference
1 16 oz. bottle of dark beer, preferably a decent stout
1 tablespoon dried, crushed chilis or chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 squirt of sriracha
Add salt/pepper to taste
HOT PEPPER NOTE: If you're like me, you love as much heat as possible in your chili. In that case, cut up two habaneros with seeds and toss them in there, plus a sliced serrano pepper. If you're heat-averse, limit yourself to a couple of jalapeno peppers and was the seeds out. Most of the heat is trapped in the seeds anyways.
Dice up all the ingredients specified above and toss them in the crockpot. Get the beef browned on the stovetop and add to the pot. Add the cans of tomato sauce/soup, paste and crushed/diced tomatoes. Let the whole shebang simmer on low for about half an hour, then add the beans, beer and spices. Slap a lid on it and leave it for at least eight hours, but preferably closer to twelve.
The biggest adjustments to this recipe will be for heat and thickness. If you're someone who likes a soupier consistency, use tomato soup in place of the sauce and consider adding a little water or stock. If you like an extremely thick, extremely hearty chili, add in another can of beans, use tomato sauce and don't muck around with too many liquid ingredients.
Either way, you should have a damn good chili by the end of it. Top with cheese, dive in with some nacho chips and sour cream and enjoy the Super Bowl.
Got a great recipe to share with everyone?