Seductive and Sultry Northern Chili

Monica H

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@MonisiaH

Don't omit the cocoa; it really makes a difference and gives the chili a "mole" feel. This is not your ordinary chili; definitely something different! The flavor combinations are really complex, complimentary and like the title says, very seductive!
I recommed using quality smoked sausage, like the ones found hanging at the deli. Don't forget to peel the skin if you are using one of those. A pre-packaged smoked sausage will do great, as well (like Ekrich, etc.); but don't get the sweet smoked ones (don't use the hickory or honey ones).


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Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

2 c
great northern beans
7 c
cold water - to soak the beans in
2 c
water - to add to crockpot
1
link of smoked sausage (to yield 1 and 1/2 cups chopped)
1/2 c
diced white onion
2
minced garlic cloves
1
jalapeno, de-seeded and diced
3/4
chopped bell pepper, chose your own color!
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
4-5 c
beef stock
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 Tbsp
cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tsp
chili powder
1/2 tsp
cumin
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper (this makes it spicy. use just a pinch if you want it not spicy)
2 Tbsp
tomato base sofrito (goya)
1 c
half and half
1/2 c
cornstarch, divided
2
chopped scallions and shredded cheese for garnish (i like crumbled chihuahua cheese)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Rinse and sort beans. Soak beans overnight in 7 cups of cold water. If you are using a smoked sausage that is not fully cooked, boil it now until cooked, drain and set aside in the fridge until the beans are ready the next day.
2
Drain beans and rinse. Place them in crockpot and cover them with all the broth and 2 cups water. Cook on medium for 2 hours.
3
Meanwhile, chop up your veggies and set aside.
4
After 2 hours, place sofrito and brown sugar in a bowl and add a ladle of hot liquid from crockpot. Mix it up and return to crockpot. Add all the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot, except for the sausage. Mix well. Cover and let cook on medium for 4 hours.
5
Pour 1/4 cup cornstarch in bowl. Add a few ladles of hot chili liquid. Whisk until creamy. Return to bowl. Repeat with the rest of the cornstarch.
6
Add the half n half. Mix, cover and leave it be for about 45 minutes or until your beans are tender and ready.
7
Cut sausage into rounds, and then cut those rounds into quarters. Add to the crockpot. Stir well, cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
8
Turn off and let the chili sit and rest for about 10 - 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped scallions and shredded cheese (I liked crumbled chihuahua cheese).

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: For Kids