Ingredients

How to make it

  • Toast cumin seeds in heavy small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes. Cool; grind finely in spice mill or in mortar with pestle.
  • Sauté bacon in large pot over mediumhigh heat until brown and crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to large bowl. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Working in 4 batches, sauté beef in drippings in pot until browned, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer beef and most drippings to bowl with bacon. Add onion and garlic to pot. Sauté until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup broth to pot. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Return beef, bacon, and any accumulated juices to pot. Mix in ancho chile powder, Texas-style chili powder, mole paste, 2 teaspoons salt, vinegar, oregano, and cumin seeds. Add 3 cups broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to very low and simmer gently uncovered until beef is very tender, stirring occasionally and adding more broth by 1/2 cupfuls if chili is dry, about 2 1/2 hours. Mix in masa by teaspoonfuls to thicken chili or add more broth by 1/4 cupfuls to thin. Season chili with salt, pepper, and cayenne, if desired. DO AHEAD: Can be made 3 days ahead. Cool 1 hour. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Rewarm over low heat.

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  • winokur1 4 years ago
    If you have the time or are cooking it ahead, simmer for an additional 1-1/2 to 2 hours until the beef dissolves into the sauce. Add more stock, if needed. Sensational!
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    I agree with Julia, the mole gives this chili its own flavor... I will be saving this to try....;-)!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Oooh! This does sound wonderful! Love the additions of mole and masa here!
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