As a follow up to The Adventures of a Pot of Chili, here is my recipe! It is a recipe from my head and not a cookbook, so the ingredient portions below are close approximations.
4.75 lbs 85% Lean ground beef
3.25 lbs Hot Italian Sausage – casings removed
4 Medium size Yellow Onions – diced
4 Sweet Bell Peppers – Red, Yellow & Orange – chopped
12 Garlic cloves – minced
½ Cup Dark chili powder
¼ Cup Cumin powder
1.5 Tablespoons Ground Coriander
1.5 Tablespoons Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 – 15.5 oz cans Black Beans – drained & rinsed
2 – 28 oz cans Diced Tomatoes
2 – 28 oz cans Tomato Sauce/Puree
1 – 15 oz can Beef Stock
3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
Brown ground beef and sausage with casings removed in pot. Do not add oil! The meats will provide enough oil when they cook. Add onions, garlic and peppers and sauté. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, oregano and cayenne… mix and cook a few minutes. Add tomato paste and stir until combined. Add cans of tomato sauce/puree and diced tomatoes, beef stock, black beans and Tablespoon of sugar.
Cook on medium heat covered, stirring often for 2 – 2.5 hours. Skim fat off top with a ladle and turn heat to low and cook for another 1.5 hours. Continue to stir often. Make sure to taste as you go and adjust your flavoring as you wish! Be creative and have fun.
Serves A LOT of hungry Firemen!
NOTE: Best flavor is achieved if refrigerated overnight and reheated for another hour before serving!