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What is Authentic Chili?
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What is authentic chili? Down South, people say it's made with "real" chunks of meat and absolutely no beans. Others say chili is made with ground meat and lots of beans. They argue about the type of bean to use.
Some spell it "chili." Others, "chile," or "chilli." Hot or mild, soupy or thick, chili powder or chili peppers, the debate goes on.
I do not know what the "real" chili is. I don't even know if these recipes will appeal to everyone. I will say that my family "taste testers" liked them.
The first recipe is a Midwestern-style chili made with ground meat, canned pinto beans and chili powder. You will need a slice of bread and a pitcher of ice water for this one!
1 pound ground beef
1 pound hot bulk pork sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
2 cans (1 lb. each) tomatoes
2 cans (15 1/2 oz. each) pinto beans
1 1/2 cups beef stock or broth
4 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cook ground beef, sausage, garlic and onion in Dutch oven or stock pot until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in tomatoes, beans, beef stock, chili powder, cumin salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, 30-45 minutes or until thickness desired. Makes 8--10 servings.
You can serve these Mexican Corn Muffins alongside. They contain creamed corn, Cheddar cheese and chopped green chilies. They are also zesty!
Mexican Corn Muffins
1 cup flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 can or 1 cup cream-style corn
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 can (4 oz size) chopped green chilies, well drained.
Combine flour corn meal, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center. Combine egg, corn, milk and oil. Pour into dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
Pour half of batter into well-greased muffin cups. Sprinkle cheese and chilies on top. Cover with remaining batter. Bake at 425 degrees F 20-25 minutes or until golden. Makes 10-12 muffins.
This is a recipe from the Skyline Chili restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a fair amount of work and thus it is recommended that only the best ingredients be used.
2 lbs ground sirloin beef (Get the best and leanest)
1-16 oz can Hunts tomato sauce
1-12 oz can Hunts whole tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder (to make it hotter, substitute with 1/2 Tablespoon cayenne pepper)
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
4-5 bay leaves
4-5 dry chili peppers
1 large onion, cut in medium pieces (no smaller than 1/2 inch square)
Start cooking by browning the meat in a fairly large coverable pot. Cook the onions with the meat. Drain.
Add tomato sauce and whole tomatoes. Do not break up the tomatoes. Let them cook down naturally. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir completely. Cook over a low heat (just a low boil) for 4 1/2 hours. At the end of that time, the tomatoes should be cooked down. Remove the bay leaves, but leave the red peppers in. Stir on a regular basis.
People have tried to speed things up by using a crock pot, but the results were not very good. It takes time.....
May be served 5 different ways.
2. 2-Way.....Chili over thin spaghetti
3. 3-Way.....Chili over thin spaghetti and chopped fresh onions
4. 4-Way.....Chili over thin spaghetti, chopped onions and grated cheese
5. 5-Way.....Chili over thin spaghetti, chopped onions, grated cheese and kidney beans
This is my own recipe that takes about an hour.
Chili Con Carne (with beans)
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup green pepper
1/2 cup onion
2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1-10 1/2 oz. can tomato soup
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 clove garlic or pinch garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 16-oz. can red kidney beans, undrained.
Brown ground beef, green pepper and onion together.
Add tomatoes, soup, spices and beans. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer one hour. Add water, if needed.
I do not know if this is really chili but it came from Aunt Josie in Indiana.
2 lbs ground beef
1 small onion
3 cans (4 oz each) chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 can (16 oz) lima beans, rinsed and drained
1 package taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups water
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 can hominy, drained
3 cans (14 1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes
1 can (15-16 oz) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
shredded cheddar cheese, optional
tortilla chips, optional
There are no instructions, so I brown the meat and onions together, add the rest of the ingredients and simmer, at least one hour on low heat. This is delicious!
This recipe was sent to me from my friend, Marie, in New Jersey. My father always liked his chili with macaroni in it. (Chili-Mac) Here's one with rice.
Black Bean Chili with Brown Rice
2 cups brown rice, cooked according to package directions
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon chili pepper
cayenne pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 cans black beans, undrained
Brown beef or turkey. Add red pepper, onion, chili pepper, spices until onion is transparent. Add tomatoes and beans. Mix together with cooked rice and heat through.
What is authentic chili to you?
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