Simply, Chili

8 Oct

I’m starting off my first recipe by announcing my love for spicy foods! For some reason or another, any recipe, any dish, if it’s spicy, I’ll eat it.

I call this “Simply, Chili” because that’s exactly what it is. There’s no technique, no stress, and practically no skill involved with making this dish. I got this recipe compliments of Ellie Krieger from The Food Network.

Like I mentioned in my first post, I like to take recipes and tweak them a bit to adapt them to my own tastes. Please take any of my recipes and do the same for yourself. I mean, you are eating it.

*This is a thick, medium-heat chili. If you like a mild or non spicy chili, don’t use as many chipotle chili’s and sauce from the chipotle chili’s. If you like even more heat, just add more.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1.5 cups) ~ I prefer to use sweet(Vidalia) onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 6 carrots, peeled and diced (about 1.5 cups)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 lb extra-lean ground beef (at least 90%)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package cheese (any type you desire. I used a blend of cheeses)

On a side note, I just recently started using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I love the intense flavor and BAZING taste of the sauce.

Back to the chili…

Separate the chipotle peppers from the adobo sauce. Place the sauce aside. De-seed and mince the peppers and then put aside.

Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and carrots, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.

Then add the cumin and cook, stirring continuously for 1 minute.

Add the ground beef and pork, raise the heat to a medium-high heat and cook. Break up and stir the meat with a spoon until the meat is no longer pink.

Turn the heat down to medium. Stir in the tomatoes, water, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, oregano, and salt and pepper.

Cook, partially covered, stirring from time to time, for 30 minutes.

Stir in the beans and continue cooking, partially covered, 20 minutes longer or until desired consistency is reached. Season, to taste, with more salt and pepper.

Scoop yourself a bowl, top it off with cheese, and eat!

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3 Responses to “Simply, Chili”

  1. mj October 9, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    how much i love spicy food…keep posting more spicy posts =) n welcum to food blogging…myself, I am just a month old!

  2. Kim - Liv Life October 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    We love Ellie too! And my husband is on your playing fields… the spicier the better. Thanks for this one!

    • the mopey cook October 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

      That’s great to hear! I love it when others can appreciate all things hot and spicy. I will try my best to keep them coming!

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