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October 24, 2011

Chili Con {MUCHO} Carne

So we had yet another frost warning. I interpret it this way: get your CHILLI on! It's easy. Really! Since I'm «cheating» by using canned beans, I decided to make my own chili powder…
I used the following:
  • 2-3 dried chilis (you can substitute it with 1/2 part cayenne pepper)
  • 1 part cumin seeds
  • 1 part coriander seeds
  • 1 part black peppercorns
  • 1 part dry oregano
  • 1 part cocoa powder
…and a little bit of elbow grease to crush it all in a mortar with pestle
If you don't want to sweat, use already grounded spices with the same proportions.
Now that you have your own powder, let's start the fire…
Step 1: In a dutch oven or heavy stock pot, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add 2 lb (mucho-mucho carne) of ground beef and brown it on a high heat. You can use the potato masher to separate the meat. Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder.
Step 2: Add vegetables: 1 cup chopped carrots, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup chopped onions, 2 chopped jalapeños (seeded). Mix, lower the heat to medium and sauté for 10 minutes. Add another 1 teaspoon of chili powder.
Step 3: Now add 3 generous tablespoons of tomato paste, mix, cover and simmer for another 2 minutes.
Step 4: Time to add 2 cans of diced tomatoes, with its juice. Mix it all well and continue to simmer until all heated through, for about 10 minutes.
Step 5: Empty two 16 oz cans of beans of your choice {I usually use kidney and pinto} into the strainer and rinse them with cold water. Add to chili. Add another 1 teaspoon of chili powder, if you like. Lower the heat to low and simmer uncovered until ready to eat, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
That's it! Serving suggestions: a dollop of sour cream, a couple of table spoons of shredded cheddar cheese, pita bread, chips or cooked rice.
I purposely did not add any salt, because the tomato paste, canned tomatoes and canned beans have enough for my taste. You can adjust salt to your own liking…

The chill is gone for now, the chili, too! Gone before I was able to take any serving pictures! But I know I will be making more. The weather prognoses disposes for more chili!


  1. Sharizat, your homemade chili powder sounds WONDERFUL -- must make a batch; the weather's "chili" here, too -- and I like your idea of mucho mucho carne! :)