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cold weather essentials: awesome quick chili

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

This recipe is a quick way to have a pot of yummy chili on the table in about 30 minutes. The secret is to have some precooked chili meat at the ready. I will give you a link for that recipe later. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For cold weather essentials: awesome quick chili

  • 2 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil, or another non-flavored variety
  • 1 md
    yellow onion, diced
  • 2 - 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp
    coconut or palm sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions, ground to a powder
  • 1 tsp
    cacao powder
  • 1 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 c
    beef stock, not broth
  • 16 oz
    chili beans, freshly made or canned
  • 15 oz
    petite diced tomatoes, 1 can
  • 8 oz
    tomato sauce, 1 can

How To Make cold weather essentials: awesome quick chili

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    To make this recipe, you will need a medium-sized soup pot (cast iron sounds good).
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    There are essentially three ways that you could make this recipe: 1. You could follow all the steps, not add the beef, and have meatless chili. Trust me, this chili is good with or without meat. 2. You could follow all the steps, add your own, uncooked beef, and simmer for about 2 hours, until the beef cubes get tender. 3. You could add the precooked beef (from my recipe), let it warm through and go for it in about 30 quick minutes
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    Here is the recipe I am using for the precooked beef. You can make it days, weeks, even months ahead of time, throw it in the freezer, and pull out when needed. I have over a dozen of these in my walk-in; along with packets of precooked chicken and pork, and other stuff. Using this method, you are not sacrificing one scintilla of flavor. But you are saving a ton of time. Here is the recipe:
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Chop up and prep your veggies.
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    Add the oil to a soup pot over medium heat.
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    When the oil begins to simmer add the chopped onions.
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    Stir until the onions soften, about 3 – 4 minutes, and then add the garlic.
  • 10
    Stir until fragrant, about 60 seconds.
  • 11
    Add the dry spices.
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    Stir and mix with the onions and garlic, about 90 seconds.
  • 13
    Add the tomato paste, and stir to combine, about 60 seconds.
  • 14
    Add the beef stock and stir to combine, about 60 seconds.
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    Simmer for about 5 minutes.
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    Add the remainder of the liquid ingredients, and stir to combine, about 2 minutes.
  • 17
    Simmer for about 5 minutes.
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    Add the prepared beef, and warm through, about 5 minutes.
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  • So yummy
    Serve in bowls while nice and warm. Enjoy.
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