Chili, chili con carne, Texas red—whatever you call that savory concoction of meat, grease, and fire—is the natural child of the arguing state of mind. There’s no recipe for it, only disputation, and almost anyone’s first thought after a taste of somebody else’s version, no matter how easily it slides down the throat, is that they themselves could make it better.
U.S. Army Chili Con Carne (c.1896)Per soldier:1 Beefsteak1 tablespoon hot drippings2 tablespoons rice1 cup boiling water2 large dried chili pods, seeds and veins removed1 cup boiling waterFlourSaltOnion (optional)Cut steak into small pieces and put into pan with hot drippings, hot water, and rice. Cover and cook slowly until tender.Soak the chile pods in the second cup of hot water until cool. Mash chili pods and water by hand until thickened. Add flour as needed to form a thick mixture. Season chili sauce with salt and onion as desired. Pour chili sauce over meat and rice. Serve hot.
Looks good, Ron!
Quote from: Nix on March 18, 2018, 10:25:43 PMLooks good, Ron! Thanks. I cheated a little on this one The beans come with bell peppers, onions, carrots and peas, all I had to do was add some meat.
El Real's Chili con CarneThis is the way we make chili at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe in Houston. Be sure and use the Homemade Chili Powder for a full-flavored chili. Don't skip the step of dry toasting the cumin seeds; it really improves the flavor. Serves 6 2 tablespoons cumin seeds 8 ounces bacon, chopped 3 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1⁄4-inch cubes 2 onions, chopped 1⁄4 cup Homemade Chili Powder (see separate recipe) 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 4 large cloves garlic, minced 1 3⁄4 cups beef broth 1 (28-ounce) can pureed tomatoes 2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded Toast the cumin seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Using a smaller frying pan or a metal or wooden tool with a flat surface, crush the seeds coarsely. Set aside. Cook the bacon in the skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon and reserve. Over high heat, brown the beef in the bacon drippings left in the skillet and set the meat aside. Over medium heat, sauté the onions in the remaining drippings until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the toasted cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, black pepper, thyme, salt, and garlic to the cooked onions and sauté for 1 minute. Crumble in the bacon, add the beef broth, 1 cup of water, the tomatoes, ancho chiles, and the beef. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover partially, and simmer until the meat is very tender, about 2 hours, adding water as needed to maintain the desired consistency. Alternatively, transfer to a slow-cooker set on low and cook for at least 6 hours and up to 8 hours, until the meat is very tender. Remove the anchos, puree in a blender, and return to the pot. Serve in a bowl with chopped onions and shredded cheese, with saltines, over tamales, rice or potatoes, in a Frito Pie or combined with beans.
Homemade Chili PowderToasting chiles and cumin seeds in your own kitchen and grinding them in a spice grinder makes the best chili powder of all. This recipe calls for Anchos, but you can use any combination of dried chiles. Makes 1 ⁄4 Cup 5 whole dried ancho chiles (about 2 ounces) 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, or to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder Remove the stems and seeds from the anchos and spread the peppers out flat. Reserve the seeds. Place the chiles flat on a comal or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Being careful not to burn them, lightly toast until they are brittle, then remove and cool. Toast the cumin in the hot comal, stirring and shaking until fragrant. Toast some of the chile seeds, if desired. (The seeds will make the chili powder hotter.) Cut the chiles into small strips with scissors. In a clean coffee grinder, grind the strips in several batches until powdered. Grind the cumin and chile seeds in the coffee grinder. Combine the powdered chile, ground seeds, Mexican oregano, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Grind the coarse powder in batches in the coffee grinder until fine, about 2 minutes. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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