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chili simple and meaty aka: pancho's ancho

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Greg Appel
Sunderland, MD

This recipe does make a large pot and I usually take and freeze some for later. Like most chili, it only gets better with time. This recipe offers a nice change from the cumin laden ones you find most. It has a nice smokey back flavor. Serve over a half baked potato or omit the beans and you have a great hot dog chili.

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I really liked the heat in this recipe - it was just right.  The mix of spices is great too. Brings my taste buds back to a chili I enjoyed as a kid. This recipe will definitely warm you up on a cold day!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 6-8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chili simple and meaty aka: pancho's ancho

  • 3 lb
    ground beef 80-85% will do fine
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 lg
    yellow onions - chopped
  • 1/2 lg
    green pepper - diced
  • 4-5 clove
    garlic - chopped
  • 1 lg
    can tomato sauce 29oz.
  • 1 can
    (regular size can) tomato sauce 15oz.
  • 1 can
    (regular size can) whole tomatoes
  • 1 or 2 can
    dark or light red kidney beans - optional
  • 11/4 tsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt and pepper
  • 2-3 dash
    each, thyme, oregano, sugar, worcestershire sauce
  • chopped green onions - optional
  • cheese, shredded. - optional

How To Make chili simple and meaty aka: pancho's ancho

  • 1
    Gather together your ingredients.
  • 2
    Chop the onions and garlic, dice the green pepper.
  • 3
    In a large pot over med - high heat, add a tbsp of oil and brown meat. Then turn into a colander to drain off fat. Return pot to burner. and turn heat down to med.
  • 4
    Add the remaining tbsp of oil and saute onions, peppers and garlic, just to soften. COOKS NOTE; When the onions sweat I add the chili powders, the cayenne and red pepper flakes to the pot and allow the hot oil to wake em up, give a good stir and return the meat to pot and mix.
  • 5
    Add tomato sauce, break up and add tomatoes with liquid, the drained beans, Worcestershire sauce and remaining spices, mix well. Once heated through, reduce heat to low and simmer covered a couple hours, stirring occasional. COOKS NOTE: Two hours is the minimum time to cook, You can start early and let it draw all day or I find it best ( not necessary ) to cover the pot, let it cool, refrigerate overnight for the next day's meal. You can thank me later.
  • 6
    Ladle into bowls, and sprinkle with cheese and green onion
  • 7
    If adding, place half a baked potato in the serving bowl. Then add chili.