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Old 10-10-2007, 04:25 PM   #11
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I got into chili a few years back. Before then I just was intimated by it. It's funny because I cook a lot of Indian food and that has similar spices but chili was intimidating.

I looked at several recipes and they all had a few twists here and there but were pretty much the same.

The few touches I made to make my own were as follows:

Got a few different chilis (dry variety) - I used arabol, ancho and an indian chili from the Kashmir region (called Kashmiri Mirch). It's highly aromatic and not very spicy and it gave it my own touch.

Used whole spices - Dry roasted cumin seeds, corrainder seeds, black peppercorns, stick of cinnamon and also toasted my chili's to ensure they were toasty and crunchy.

I then grinded all my spices in a coffee grinder to make my spice mix. I don't like to soak my chili's the roasted ones taste better in my opinion

Then I followed the basic chili recipe. I like beans in my chili for the added nutritional value and I like the darker beans so I used black beans. Finally I finished it with some brown sugar and a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder (to add the slight mole touch).

I also like fresh tomatoes so I used a lot of fresh tomatoes along with a good quality canned version.
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:45 PM   #12
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dang son. Yakuta. thats sounds dang good. i have tons of peppers i have grown in my garden and they need to be used. ill probably use them also.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:51 PM   #13
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I just won a Chili cook-off with this recipe. I think this chili improves with age. I made it the day before the cook-off so the flavors could blend and chili thickens even more. This is a little spicy, but nobody complained it was to spicy. Just that it was meaty and very good.
Enjoy! Debbie.

454 CASULL CHILI

4 pound(s) BEEF CHUCK POT ROAST; Very Lean, Cut Into Small Cubes.
2 can(s) BEER
OIL
2 cup(s) ONION; Chopped.
2 cup(s) (2 large) GREEN BELL PEPPER; Chopped.
2 pound(s) GROUND BEEF; Lean.
4 tablespoon(s) CHILI POWDER; Or To Taste.
3 1/2 tablespoon(s) CUMIN; Ground.
4 clove(s) (large) GARLIC; Minced.
4 can(s) (10 ounce each) ROTEL DICED TOMATOES AND GREEN CHILIES
46 ounce(s) TOMATO JUICE
1 tablespoon(s) SALT
2 tablespoon(s) BROWN SUGAR
2 can(s) (4 ounce each) DICED GREEN CHILIES; Mild.
3 can(s) (15.25 ounce ea.) KIDNEY BEANS; Drained, Optional.
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Marinate cubed roast beef in beer for 1 hour.
In large pot, cook ground beef, onion and garlic.
Drain off any fat.
Remove ground beef to a bowl and set aside.
Drain marinated beef well.
Brown the cubed beef in batches over medium-high heat in some oil in the large pot used to cook the ground beef adding oil as needed.
You don't want to crowd the beef or it will just boil and not brown.
Transfer browned beef to bowl with ground beef.
Repeat with remainder of marinated beef.
Add all beef back to pot.
Add tomato juice, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, salt and stir well.
Add rotel tomatoes, green chilies and chopped green peppers.
Do not add kidney beans yet.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.
Add drained kidney beans and continue cooking for 1 hour covered.
Remove lid and let simmer for about 30 minutes until chili has thickened a little.
The flavor improves as it sits.
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:30 AM   #14
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thanx debbie. instead of kedney beans can i use black beans and can i use the McCormick chili seasoning stuff. thanx again
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:01 AM   #15
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Add lots of beef tips and ground beef, BEER or RED WINE and lots and lots of different smokey chilis.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:09 AM   #16
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sweet. ill remember that. i have never made chili before so i dont know what a smoky chili is. lol. maybe bacon could work in debbies recipe.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:13 PM   #17
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thanx debbie. instead of kedney beans can i use black beans and can i use the McCormick chili seasoning stuff. thanx again
Sure can use black beans! I don't put beans in my chili except for when I make black bean chili ... and the best I've found is Kuner's Southwestern Black Beans w/ Cumin & Chili Spices - I could find these everywhere when I lived in CO - hard to find where I live in TX.

As for the McCormick stuff - do yourself a favor and pick up a bag of Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit. Much better IMHO - just follow the directions on the bag and you'll have a pot of good chili.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:20 PM   #18
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thanx debbie. instead of kedney beans can i use black beans and can i use the McCormick chili seasoning stuff. thanx again
You can add black beans if you want. A lot of people don't add beans at all but my family likes it with beans. I have never used McCormick seasoning so I can't help you on that. I find it's easier to add my own seasoning so I can adjust the taste to what my family likes. Cumin will add that smokey flavor to chili.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:28 PM   #19
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dang you posted right after i PM'ed you. lol. ok ill try it out with black beans. im not a big fan of kidney beans.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:37 PM   #20
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Some chili cookoffs judge against chilis with beans in them.
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