Sam’s Three-Stage Curried Chili

Sam’s Three-stage Curried Chili Recipe

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@manycats

My 19 yo son worked all day creating this dish for a chili contest at work. THEY told him no one could make chili with lima beans and curry. When he told me about it, I agreed with THEM. Then I tasted it... Despite the ingredients, this chili is not “hot.” Instead, the layers of flavors give it an intense yet pleasant heat that warms rather than burns. It is without a doubt the best chili I have ever tasted. Oh, he won the contest!

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Serves:
10-12
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
3 Hr
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

STAGE ONE::

4 Tbsp
olive oil
1
yellow onion, chopped
1
red bell pepper, chopped
1
red chili pepper, chopped
1
green chili pepper, chopped
1 1/2
jalapeno peppers, chopped
1
hot banana pepper, chopped
4 clove
garlic, minced
3/4 Tbsp
curry powder (plus 5 pinches)
1/4 Tbsp
hot madras curry powder
1 tsp
garam masala (plus 2 pinches)

STAGE TWO:

2 slice
bacon, cut into pieces
1 lb
ground beef
1 lb
ground pork
8 oz
tempeh, broken up
3/4 Tbsp
curry powder (plus 5 pinches)
1/4 Tbsp
hot madras curry powder
1 tsp
garam masala (plus 2 pinches)

STAGE THREE:

1/4 c
worcestershire sauce
1 pinch
garlic powder (or to taste)
2 pkg
sodium free beef bouillon (equivalent to 2 cubes)
1/2 bottle
light japanese beer
1 c
sake
1 c
coconut milk
2-14 oz can(s)
diced tomatoes
2-8 oz can(s)
tomato sauce
1-8oz can(s)
tomato paste
2 Tbsp
chili powder
1/2 Tbsp
ground cumin
1 Tbsp
brown sugar
1/2-1 tsp
ground chipolte pepper
1 tsp
dried basil
1-1/2 tsp
smoked paprika
2 tsp
salt (preferably sea)
1/2 tsp
dried oregano
1/2 tsp
ground black pepper
1-16 oz can(s)
lima beans, drained
1-16 oz can(s)
kidney beans, drained
1-16 oz can(s)
butter beans, drained

How to Make Sam’s Three-Stage Curried Chili

Step-by-Step

  • 1Stage One Directions:
  • 2Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • 3Add onion, peppers, garlic, curry powders and garam masala and cook, stirring and working the spices into the vegetables.
  • 4Cook until the vegetables are softened and set aside.
  • 5Cook’s Note: Throughout cooking process, taste and add curry powder and garam masala as desired. I added 5 pinches of curry powder and 2 pinches garam masala 3 times. You want to end up with layers of spices at different "ages" when you are done.
  • 6Stage Two Directions:
  • 7Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 8Add bacon to pan and cook 1 minute to render some of the fat.
  • 9Add beef, pork, tempeh and stir. Add curry powder, hot madras curry powder and garam masala spices.
  • 10Cook and stir in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes, working the spices into the mixture.
  • 11Add Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Sprinkle bouillon over mixture and add coconut milk, beer and sake.
  • 12Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
  • 13Continue cooking, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet, until liquid is hot, about 3 minutes.
  • 14Cook’s Note: Throughout cooking process, taste and add curry powder and garam masala as desired. I added 5 pinches of curry powder and 2 pinches garam masala 3 times. You want to end up with layers of spices at different "ages" when you are done.
  • 15Stage Three Directions:
  • 16Stir beef mixture into the pepper mixture.
  • 17Add chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, chipotle pepper, basil, smoked paprika, salt, oregano, and black pepper.
  • 18Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • 19Cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are very tender and flavors have developed in the chili, about 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 20Mix beans into beef and vegetables. Continue to simmer until beans are hot, about 30 minutes more.
  • 21Cook’s Note: Throughout cooking process, taste and add curry powder and garam masala as desired. I added 5 pinches of curry powder and 2 pinches garam masala 3 times. You want to end up with layers of spices at different "ages" when you are done.

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About Sam’s Three-Stage Curried Chili

Course/Dish: Beef, Pork
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American