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ganado cafe chile con carne

Recipe by
Sherry Blizzard
Piney Flats, TN

Super unconventional! The ground beef is not browned and drained of fat. This recipe is a one-of-a-kind to Ganado Cafe and Ganado, AZ that burned down years ago. Ganado Cafe was tiny cafe attached to Ganado Trading Post on the Navajo Indian Reservation. People came from miles around for this chili and mom's lemon pie. I believe this is the best chili, hands-down anywhere. The use of tapioca to thicken is brilliant!. Serve this as-is, with cornbread, or on top of chili-dogs or on open-faced chili burgers.

prep time 5 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For ganado cafe chile con carne

  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 md
    onion, diced
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp
    crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp
    japanese paprika or smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp
    chile powder
  • pinto beans
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c
    tapioca granules
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make ganado cafe chile con carne

  • This is what you need
    Cover the raw hamburger meat with water. Start cooking and break up the meat as it cooks with a large spoon. Add all ingredients EXCEPT the beans. Simmer for an hour. Add beans and heat through.
  • 2
    To thicken.....use tapioca. Get the chili to a slow boil. Pour in the tapioca in a little thin stream until the chile is a nice thickness you like.

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