Ultimate Apple Cider Chili

Monica H

By
@MonisiaH

Maybe you are thinking, "why mushrooms in a chili?" Well, first, since they are so earthy tasting, they are amazing with beer. Dicing them up small, and since they then swell up, they add to the thickness of chili. No noodles or rice needed with this pot of chili. NOTE: since the cider and beer are added at the end, the alcohol does NOT cook off so this is not a dish for kids.


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Serves:
7-10
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
3 Hr
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

1 lb
ground beef
2 Tbsp
olive oil
2 Tbsp
bacon fat
1
medium yellow onion
1 Tbsp
brown sugar
4 c
beef broth
10 oz
cherry tomatoes
6
tomatoes on the vine
3
bell peppers
1 Tbsp
salt
1 Tbsp
chili powder
1 Tbsp
cumin
1 tsp
pepper
6 oz
tomato paste
12 oz
white mushrooms
1
ear of corn
8 oz
black beans
1 c
hard apple cider
1 c
dark brown ale beer
1/4 c
beer - for deglazing pan

Step-By-Step

1Brown beef on olive oil in saute pan.

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2Remove beef with slotted spoon into big pot. Leave drippings in saute pan; add bacon grease.

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3Add onions to saute pan.

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4Top onions with brown sugar (more for carmelization of onions, rather than flavor). Sautee until onions are translucent and soft.

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5Pour onions into pot, drippings and all.

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6Deglaze saute pan with 1/4 cup beer, scraping up brown bits from bottom. Pour that into the pot.

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7Into the pot, add broth, all tomatoes (add them whole), bell peppers, tomato paste, and all spices. Give it a really good stir, cover and simmer on very low heat, for about an hour.

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8While waiting, dice mushrooms into itty bitty pieces, and shuck that ear of corn.

9After an hour, give your chili a few good stirs, and use back of big spoon or spatula, to push down on the tomatoes, breaking them up. Add mushrooms and corn. Cover and let simmer on very low heat for another hour.

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10After that hour, now add beans and beer. Stir, cover and let simmer on very low heat for 30 minutes.

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11Turn off heat, uncover and stir, break up some more tomatoes, and then cover it back up and let it sit, covered, for at least 30 minutes before serving. Top with shredded cheese and scallions when serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium