Saturday, January 31, 2015

Making Chili for the Super Bowl

Kurulounge Chili

I am not a purist this recipe changes a little everytime I make it depending on what I think will taste good that day

1/4 lb Hickory Smoked Bacon
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb Steak (usually round)
1/2 to 1 Onion (chopped)
2 Cloves Garlic (minced or chopped)
1/2 Can Ortega Jalapenos (Chopped)
1 8oz Can Tomato Paste
2 Qt Can Tomato Sauce
1 16oz Can Red Beans
1 16oz Can Black Beans
2 pinches Cayene Pepper
2 Tbsp Paprika
2 tsp Oregano
2 Tbsp Chili powder
4 tsp Cumin
2 caps Liquid Smoke
1 can Beer (Miller or Budweiser)

1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until crisp
2. while the bacon is frying cube the steak and season with salt and pepper
3. Place the bacon in the crockpot save the grease
4. Brown the steak in the bacon grease
5. while steak is browning chop the onion
6. Place the steak in the crockpot save the grease
7. sweat the onion in the grease until they are translucent (if the pan is dry add a little butter)
8. while the onion is cooking chop the garlic
9. Add the garlic to the onion
10. Add the half can of jalapenos to the garlic and onion
11. when the onion is translucent transfer it, the garlic anf the jalapenos to the crockpot
12. Add the cayene, paprika, oregeno, chili powder, cumin, and liquid smoke to the crock pot.
13. If you are going to use the beer add as much as you want and drink the rest. If not add the 1st can of tomato sauce and stir all the meet and spices together.
14. Add the beans stir together
15. add the rest of the tomato sauce and tomato paste
16. cook until the meat is tender enough for you and the sauce is hot.

If the sauce is too thick add some water, beer, beef broth, or red wine whatever works for you.

Note:  lately I have seen suggestion going around to add Soy Sauce or Worcestershire Sauce to chili to add ummami or whatever that word is.  I have tried both I don't recommend it.  
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