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

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




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