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Robust Beefy Chili

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Here is a chili recipe that is chuck full of chunks of beef and is wonderful when served in bread bowls.  Consider this as one of your meals for Super Bowl Sunday!

Enjoy!

Robust Beefy Chili
Recipe Type: Main Entree – Soup, Chili, Stew
Serves: 8 to 10
This robust, beefy chili is sure to take the chill off on a cold winter night. Hearty enough to serve the hungriest of men yet well-balanced and nutritional, too! This is a great chili to serve at any of the “ball” parties you may be hosting this year. It also makes up quite easily in your slow cooker (crock pot). Serve this chili in bread bowls for something different! (NOTE: This recipe serves 8 to 10 hearty bowl size servings, great for those Super Bowl parties. For family size meals, you can easily cut the recipe in half, for which the amounts for the ingredients are listed in parentheses.)
Ingredients
  • YIELD: 8-10 hearty, meal size portions; 4 meal size portions (amounts in parentheses)
  • 4 (2)pounds stew beef, cut into cubes
  • 3 (1-1/2) cups chopped onion
  • 4 (2) cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 (2) cups tomatoes chopped, fresh or canned (two 15 oz. cans; 1 for half the recipe)
  • 2 (1) can (6-ounce) tomato paste
  • 2 (1) cup fresh green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 (2) teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 to 2 (2 to 4) teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 to 2-1/2 (4 to 5) teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • up to 8 (4) tablespoons sugar, to taste, optional (this cuts the acidity of the tomatoes)
  • 1/2 to 1 (1/4 to 1/2) teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper, cayenne pepper, or a few dashes hot sauce, optional
  • 2 (1) tablespoon cornmeal
  • 2 (1) cup water or beef stock (for additional flavor)
  • 2 (1) cans (15 ounce size) dark red kidney beans or black beans, well-drained, rinsed
  • GARNISH:
  • 4 (2) tablespoons dried cilantro, optional, but adds good flavor
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Croutons
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown the meat in the oil. Drain well.
  2. Add the onion, and cook until it is soft.
  3. Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, peppers, spices, and cornmeal, stirring to combine and allowing to simmer for about 1 minute, just till everything is hot.
  4. Transfer the chili into at least a 6 quart size slow cooker/crock pot.
  5. Add enough water to cover all the ingredients.
  6. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and allow to cook on high heat. It will take between 2-1/2 to 3 hours to cook, for the meat to become tender.
  7. Stir the chili after 1 hour, and add a bit more of the beef stock or water if most of the liquid has evaporated or the chili seems dry.
  8. About 30-45 minutes before serving, stir in the beans, and continue to cook until heated through.
  9. Serve.
  10. Serve with the garnishes on the side. Try adding some lime zest to the sour cream, for something different!
Notes

STOVETOP DIRECTIONS:
Make as above, however, do not transfer the chili to the slow cooker, leaving everything in the large pot. Cook until the meat is tender, one to one and one-half hours. Add the beans about 30 minutes before serving time and allow to heat through before serving.

SERVING SUGGESTION:
Consider serving this hearty meal in the now popular bread bowls!

 

2 Responses to Robust Beefy Chili

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  2. brian p. January 16, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I think this post gives us a great starting point for our own version!. Thank you

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