Kat's texas chili

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
5 pounds Lean beef, cut in 3/8 inch cubes (I use sirloin tip, if possible)
2 Onions, minced
1 Bottle beer (any brand, although dark is nice)
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
8 ounces Water
12 ounces Beef stock
6 Cloves garlic, smashed and minced to fine puree
5 tablespoons Paprika (mexican)
2 teaspoons Salt (or to taste- I don't add if I use canned stock)
1 tablespoon Black pepper
10 tablespoons Chili powder (I prefer Gebhardt's)
5 tablespoons Cumin
1 teaspoon Allspice (trust me on this one <g>)
1 teaspoon Oregano
Lousiana Hot Sauce (Cajun Sunshine) or Tabasco to taste
Jalapeno, serrano, or other chili, minced, to taste (can be omitted)

This recipe is adapted from Bob Moore's "Circuit Rider Chili", which took first place in the Terilingua World Championship Chili Cookoff in 1980, although I have changed it a bit to my own specifications (and to make it easier to prepare), and I doubt ole Bob would recognize it now. I don't know the metric conversions.

NOTE: if you can't get chili powder, use these and increase amounts of paprika, cumin, oregano and use Tabasco Brown meat- use a little oil if you think you need it, although I generally don't since I use a well-seasoned cast iron pot. You will probably need to do this in batches. Remove browned meat, pour off excess drippings reserving enough to sautee onions, and sautee onions until translucent, adding half the garlic mixture at the very end. Dump beef back into pot, and add tomato sauce, rinse out can with warm water and dump that into pot, as well. Add beer, beef stock, paprika, pepper, chili powder and cumin.

Simmer, covered, one hour. Add in allspice, oregano, and hot sauce to taste. (I prefer Louisiana type hot sauce, and usually add at least a tablespoon-- you can always add more later. If you use Tabasco, you'll want to use somewhat less.) Cover again, and simmer an additional 30 minutes to one hour, or until beef is very tender and you can't stand to wait any more. If it looks like it's drying out, add more beer. (In fact, I've made it with all beer when I was out of beef stock, and it was very tasty indeed) If it's not hot enough for you, add in minced chilies at least half an hour before consumption.

This is great served with beer and tortilla chips, flour tortillas, or crusty bread. Make sure you don't run out of beer-- you'll need it.

Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, chopped scallions (I use the green part, too), and sour cream.

Will serve 8-10, and tastes even better when reheated.

Posted to FOODWINE Digest 17 Dec 96 From: Kat Lunamand <kakl@...> Date: Wed, 18 Dec 1996 10:33:27 -0500

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