Simple plain chili recipe no beansFrom putercop 9 years ago
- 2-3 lbs beef; preferably a chuck or round, (don;t use a high priced cut) shopping list
- ½ lb best double-smoked bacon you can find shopping list
- 2 large onions; chopped in a big dice shopping list
- 1 tbl ground cumin; (or more to taste) shopping list
- 1-2 tbl good quality chili powder (for heat and flavor the more the merrier) shopping list
- 1-2 tbl paprika (optional, for color and a little heat) shopping list
- 2-4 cloves of garlic shopping list
- water to cover shopping list
- salt and pepper to taste shopping list
How to make it
- Cube the beef into bite-sized chunks.
- Dice the bacon.
- Heat a large heavy pot, fry the bacon until almost crisp.
- Scoop it out and set aside (so it won't burn).
- Fry the meat in the bacon fat until browned on all sides you may have to do this in batches.
- Scoop out the meat and add to the bacon.
- Saute the onions (and garlic if you're using it) in the bacon.
- (Those who really get concerned can drain off some of the fat, but it won't be true chili at that point.)
- When it's soft, throw in the cumin, chile powder, and paprika and cook briefly about 2 minutes
- Return the meat, cover with water (try not to use chlorinated water, if you have chlorinated water leave a large container on the counter overnight for the chlorine to evaporate and bring it to a boil.
- Taste and add salt, then cover and set it to simmer for a 2 hours.
- Thicken as needed with cornmeal or stale tortillas.
- Serve with sour cream or cottage cheese, diced onions and, of course,
- beer and bread.
- Like all good chilis this is best made a day in advance and reheated
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