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Jon's Awesome Chili
Jon's Awesome Chili
How My Chili Came To Be
This chili has evolved over several decades, combining ideas from different recipes. It started with my mother's recipe, which won many chili cook-offs. I managed a restaurant that made award-winning chili, so I learned a few tricks while there. Over the years I added a few more ingredients by trial and error, and it's time to share!
I've won a lot of chili cook-offs, and I believe it's because of one main reason: This chili appeals to almost everyone. It's not a specialty chili, such as Beer Chili, or White Chili. It's not super-spicy. Those kinds of chilis appeal to a smaller percentage of people. Mine is just good, old-fashioned, chili con carne with some special twists. Even kids enjoy my chili!
This chili is so good, you won't need to add any toppings at all; no crackers, no cheese, etc., but if you insist, I promise to get over it.
By the way, if you're avoiding gluten, I've provided substitute ingredients just for you!
Ingredients For Jon's Awesome Chili
- 2 lbs. of ground beef, (I use grass fed beef [85/15])
- 3/4 of a red onion, chopped
- one 30.5 oz. can of Brooks Chili Beans, (see below for gluten-free option)
- two 15 oz. cans of Contadina Tomato Sauce, (substitute at your own peril!)
- two 14.5 oz. cans of Red Gold, Diced Tomatoes
- one 15 oz. can of Luck's Great Northern Beans
- two packages of French's Chili-O Seasoning, (see below for gluten-free option)
- 1/3 cup of light brown sugar
- one tablespoon of ground cumin seed
- one 15 oz. can of water
How To Prepare Jon's Awesome Chili
- Before you get started, make sure you have a large pot with a lid that seals well, a big pan, and a kitchen timer.
2. Prepare your favorite beverage to make the whole process more enjoyable. I'm a fan of Chardonnay.
•Chardonnay is not an ingredient in Jon's Awesome Chili.
3. Chop your onion (make sure not to use the bitter end pieces that are hard and sometimes have a yellowish tinge), then put it in your pan and turn the burner on at about the 5 or 6 heat level.
4. Put your 2 lbs. ground beef on top of the onions and let things heat up for a few minutes. It's important to have well-cooked onions, so let them get most of the heat at the start.
5. Using a spatula or spoon, start chopping the ground beef, but leave the onions underneath.
6. While the meat and onions are cooking, empty the 30.5 oz. can of Brooks chili beans into your large pot.
•There is wheat in this product, so if you are avoiding gluten, I recommend substituting Bush's Chili Beans - Pinto Beans in Chili Sauce (Mild Sauce).
Brooks Mild Chili Beans
7. Add the can of Luck's Great Northern beans to the pot.
8. Put the two cans of Contadina Tomato Sauce in the pot. This sauce is the best, in my opinion. Substitute at your own risk. By the way, Hunt's brand sauce will change the flavor of this chili in a dramatic way. Trust me on this! I tried it, and the results were not good.
Contadina Tomato Sauce
9. Chop up your ground beef some more and start mixing it in with the onions, then go back to your large pot and add the two cans of Red Gold "Chili Ready" Diced Tomatoes.
10. Add a tablespoon of ground cumin seed to your pot.
Cumin! Get Your Ground Cumin Here!
11. Fill one of your empty 15 oz. cans with water and pour it in the pot.
12. Go back to your pan and chop up your ground beef some more. Make sure it cooks evenly and that the onions are mixed in well.
13. Go back to your pot and add a third cup of light brown sugar.
14. Add the two packages of French's Chili-O Seasoning to the pot. Ignore the instructions on the back of the package.
•Bonus: There is no MSG in this product!
•There is wheat in this product, so if you want to avoid the gluten, here's what you'll need in lieu of the two Chili-O packages:
2 tbsp. seasoned salt
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 dried chili peppers, crushed, with seeds removed
French's Chili-O Seasoning
15. Stir your pot, then go back to your pan and mix the beef and onions again, then pile everything to one side of the pan and tilt it to allow the grease to pool.
16. Spoon most of the grease into a metal can. I use an old coffee can, but you can use one of the empty cans from earlier, if you like.
Need A Good Grease Can? (And some pretty good coffee, too!)
17. Carefully add the cooked beef and onions to your pot, then stir.
18. Turn the burner on "High" and stir about every 30 seconds until bubbles start popping up. When they do, keep stirring to make them stop. You'll know it's time to stop stirring when you see bubbles popping up even when you've got the spoon moving. Then, put the lid on the pot and immediately turn the burner all the way down to "1".
19. Set a timer for 20 minutes, and don't open the lid!
20. When your timer goes off, open the pot and stir. Congratulations! You now have a pot of Jon's Awesome Chili! You're gonna love this stuff!
Classic Mechanical Kitchen Timer
Available in nine--count 'em--nine colors!
This Stuff's Great With My Awesome Chili!
Coconut water is very good for you and this kind has chocolate flavoring! Yes, as you can see in the first photo up above, I drink chocolate ZICO with my chili!