Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Erika's Chili

I came up with this concoction for our ward chili cook-off. I didn't win, but I don't think that means this stuff isn't good! I totally love it! It has a very special ingredient in it that we all love...CHOCOLATE! I took ideas from a few different recipes ( and came up with this. Enjoy and I'd love to hear what you think!

2 t olive oil
2 onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalepenos, diced small
1 lb ground beef
1-1/2 lbs. sirloin steak, or any kind of steak, cubed small
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, or 1/2 quart jar of homemade (cut up with shears)
2 cans beef broth
2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
4 T red wine vinegar
4 T brown sugar
4 T chili sauce
1 t cumin
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 square unsweetened baking chocolate (1/2 oz)
1 t mexican red pepper, ground
1-1/2 t salt, divided
1 t black pepper, divided
1 T chili powder
2 cans kidney beans
2 cans pinto beans

-Heat oil. Cook meat, onions, garlic, peppers, 1/2 t of salt and 1/2 t pepper until meat is brown and veggies are tender.
-Add everything else and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for as long as you can! Best if simmers at least an hour, but you can simmer it all afternoon or put in crock pot!
-Serve with diced green onions, grated cheddar, and a dollop of sour cream on top!
-This makes a full pot. Serves at least 10.

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