Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jessica’s Classic Spicy Chili With A Twist

Everyone loves chili. And there are so many versions out there. My chili is probably slightly different every time I make it- different beans, different peppers, beef or turkey, etc. It's so versatile. Growing up, our Mom always made chili-roni with pasta added in. These days, I always make rice on the side and eat it all with tortilla chips. I like to make my chili spicy, but it can always be toned down for those who can't handle the heat. Here's what you'll need for this version.

  • about 1 tbsp olive oil, vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped (any colors)
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey or beef
  • 3 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes (use juices too-don't drain)
  • 1 can tomatoes in sauce form
  • 3 tbsp. Colgins Liquid smoke 
  • 2 15.5 oz. cans dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed) (could substitute black beans)
  • 1 15.5 oz. can pinto beans (drained and rinsed) 
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 3 & 1/2 oz. packages of Goya Chorizos (sausage), chopped (pre-cooked, ready to serve)
  • 2 tbsp. Spanish or regular paprika
  • about 5 tbsp. of chili powder or Hot Mexican Chili Powder
  • 2  tbsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1-2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. cumin (seeds or ground)
  • 2 tbsp. Mexican or regular oregano
  • 3 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. parsley flakes or fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • (optional) 1 tbsp. Herbs de Provence
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
In a large pot on medium heat, add the oil. When heated, add the chopped onions and garlic. Simmer for a few minutes. Then add the ground meat. While meat is browning, add all spices. After meat has browned, add the bell peppers, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add the hot sauce and Liquid Smoke. Add all beans and chorizo. Let all ingredients cook together for probably about 20 minutes on a low-medium temperature. Taste as you cook. Add extra spices as needed. Top with fresh cilantro. 

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