Ignorance Is Bliss Chili

This recipe has kept me in some chili cook-offs but mainly I make 15 quarts, which we sell at the local pub to raise money for multiple[ sclerocis while I guest bartend.]

  • 1 pound London broil, trimmed and diced
  • 1 pound center cut pork loin, trimmed and diced
  • 3 slices of bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces ground Sicilian sausage or hot sausage
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped green or red pepper
  • 5 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 small jar medium-hot chilies
  • 3 (6 oz.) cans of tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium can of pinto beans
  • 1 cup bar-b-que sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil-divided
  • 3 cups water
  • Dry spices:
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • Add 1 tablespoon peanut oil to a five quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter and the coarsely chopped onion and cook until carmelized.

  • Once carmelized, add the beef, pork, bacon and sausage, stirring occasionally until browned. Add the lime juice, stir, and reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and 2 cans of tomato paste, stir, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

  • Increase the heat to medium-high, stir in remaining peanut oil, finely chopped onion, red or green peppers, chilies, tomato paste, crushed tomatos, bar-b-que sauce, all dry spices, and 3 cups of water. Stir, cover, and let cook for twenty minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low, stir and cook for forty minutes stirring often.

  • Increase heat to medium, stir in pinto beans, hot sauce, and molasses, cover and cook for thirty minutes.

  • Serve with choices of sour cream, cheddar cheese, chopped onion or fresh horseradish. ENJOY!!

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