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autumn/winter essentials: heart warming chili

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

You know the best way to warm up on a cold Autumn/Winter day? Throw together a yummy pot of chili. Yeppers, that will do the trick quite nicely. I made two pots of this chili yesterday, and hardly have enough left for a bowlful today. It is that good. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For autumn/winter essentials: heart warming chili

  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil, or other unflavored oil
  • 1/2 lg
    yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb
    ground beef, lean variety
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    chili powder, i prefer hatch
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions
  • 2 tsp
    sugar, granulated variety
  • 2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    dry mustard, i prefer coleman’s
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder, my not-so-secret ingredient
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 2 c
    beef stock, not broth
  • 14 oz
    diced tomatoes, 1 can, with liquid
  • 15 oz
    chili beans, 1 can
  • 8 oz
    tomato sauce, 1 small can
  • a nice sharp, freshly ground, cheddar
  • sour cream
  • crackers, saltine, or oyster
  • crusty bread
  • diced onion
  • hot sauce
  • beer

How To Make autumn/winter essentials: heart warming chili

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  • 2
    You will need a heavy-bottomed pot large that is large enough to hold all of the ingredients.
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    There are a lot of brands of chili beans out there. Some of my favorites are Bush’s and Westbrae Organic. Most come packed in a sauce, and because that sauce will sway the taste of the chili, I usually rinse them before adding. But, that is just a personal preference.
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    Prepping trick, to save time, add all of the dry ingredients to a small bowl, mix to combine, and dump them in all at once.
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    Cocoa powder in a Chili? Many of you may already know this little trick, but adding of a bit of cocoa powder to something like a chili adds a richness you cannot describe.
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Add the oil and butter to a heavy-bottom pot, over medium heat.
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    After the butter melts, give the pot a swirl to mix it with the oil, and throw in the diced onions.
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    Cook until the onions soften, but do not allow them to brown, about 4 – 6 minutes.
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    Add the ground beef and cook while breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
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    Cook until browned, about 4 – 7 minutes.
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    Add the DRY INGREDIENTS, then stir until they are incorporated with the onions, and beef, about 1 – 2 minutes.
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    Add the tomato paste and stir for an additional 1 – 2 minutes.
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    Add the beef stock, and stir, while slowly bringing the pot up to a simmer.
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    Add the remaining WET INGREDIENTS and bring back to a simmer.
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    Allow the chili, to simmer for an additional 30 – 45 minutes.
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    Chef’s Tip: Give the chili a stir every few minutes, just make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. I HATE it when that happens.
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  • So yummy
    Serve in big bowls with your choice of toppings and sides. Enjoy.
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