Oh hello there.
I just made like a thousand cookies, and needed something that would kick all of the sweetness out of my system. So I thought, why not a little bit of spice?
Plus, I hear it’s getting chilly for a lot of the country. Not here, but the rest of you, I hear you’re getting chilly. Here it is always acceptable to eat anything containing chilis, because it’s the southwest, and hey… this is chili country. Or chile country. (Not to be confused with the country of Chile)
There are two types of chili: Chili with beans, and then delicious chili. This is delicious chili (no beans!). I hate beans… I HATE THEM SO MUCH!
If you don’t have a fiery hatred of beans, by all means throw them in the pot, but you won’t find any beans in my chili.
On a scale of one to “OMG MY MOUTH IS ON FIRE!” I would rank this at mild to medium heat. It’s got a little kick, but not too much. If you’re sensitive to heat (like my sister, she would probably say that her mouth was on fire if she ate this) you can leave out the chili flakes. Or, do like I do, and eat it with some tasty cornbread or tortilla chips to help temper the heat.
I also find that making chili the day before I actually want to eat it, and then letting the flavors mingle in the fridge overnight helps the mellow the heat and improve the flavor. Maybe that’s just in my head though, I’m not sure.
You can also see I like my chili a bit more on the “heartier” side, you can absolutely make yours “soupier” by adding more beef stock, or tomato juice, or even plain old water. Whatever floats your boat!
Chili – Makes about 4 – 5 servings (but can easily be doubled)
[ Printable Recipe ]
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion
- 1 medium bell pepper, red
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (2 – 3 cloves)
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika (I used ½ smoked and ½ sweet)
- ½ tablespoon dried oregano
- ½ tablespoon garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon ground cumin
- ½ tablespoon chili flakes (optional)
- 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
- ½ cup beef broth (more if you like it soupier)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes, drained (or undrained, if you want it soupier)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Heat one tablespoon of oil in a dutch oven or large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add bell peppers and continue to cook until caramelized (or as close to caramelized as you are patient for). Just keep going, you can do it!
- Once onions and peppers are cooked, remove and set aside. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and then the beef. Cook until browned, then add onions and peppers back to pan. Stir until well-mixed, then add garlic. Cook until fragrant, about one minute more.
- Add spices to the beef mixture. Cook one minute more, stirring constantly.
- Add tomato sauce, beef broth, worcestershire, and vinegar, stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil and then turn heat to low and continue to cook, covered, over low heat 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, add drained tomatoes and salt, stir and cover again. Continue to cook another 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.