Sunday, November 14, 2010

Crazy Chili

2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 large onions chopped
1 large red bell pepper chopped
1 jalapeno pepper chopped
3 cloves of garlic,sliced
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2 lbs. of ground sirloin
1 1/2 lbs. of sirloin steak,slices in small pieces
1 14 oz, can of beef broth
1 6oz. can of tomato paste
1 28 oz. can of crushed tomato
1 cup of strong coffee
1 12oz. bottle of dark beer
2 oz. of dark chocolate, Lindt 70%cocoa, intense dark or any dark chocolate.
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp.salt
4 tbsp. hot Mexican chili powder
3 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 cans of dark kidney beans.

Saute all chopped vegetables and garlic in oil. Use a large soup pot.Tenderize the sirloin with a meat mallet.Use the spiked side of the meat mallet on both sides of steak. This breaks down the tough fibers.If you do not have a meat mallet,you can use a fork. Then cut the steak in small pieces for the chili. add all the meat to the vegetables.
Brown the meat along with the vegetables.add beef broth,coffee, beer, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes,brown sugar,mix together. Add all the spices along with the chocolate. Bring the chili to a low simmer for 1/2 hour. Add the beans and simmer for 45 minutes. Taste the chili and add more heat if you like it hot!

For a vegetarian flair you can omit the meat and add mushrooms,butternut squash and barley to give it some texture.Also you may add more tomato,onion and peppers.

You can top each bowl with grated cheddar cheese,scallions and a dallop of sour cream.
This will serve 10 to 12 people.