Southwestern Chili

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced (3 large cloves) garlic
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (recommend getting tube)
  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, ground coarse
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 -ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (19-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Rice, as an accompaniment
  • Toppings: Tortilla chips; sour cream; grated cheddar; chopped red onions; chopped jalapenos; diced avocado; minced cilantro; etc.
Directions

In a casserole cook the onions, peppers and garlic in the oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup of the broth, the vinegar and chocolate and bring the mixture to a boil, crushing the tomatoes with the back of a spoon. Simmer the chili, covered, for 1 hour, adding additional broth, if necessary. Add the kidney beans and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes more. Ladle into bowls and serve with rice and desired toppings.


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    I picked this chili recipe last year because I liked the ingredient list. As the recipe is written, I would agree it's pretty bland. However, with doctoring -- this recipe got rave reviews and I just made it for a second time to entertain with tomorrow! Follow these steps and it won't be bland at all:
     

     
    1. Double the spices/ triple the cumin. It's not too much. There are 3 lbs of meat in this.
     
    2. Before adding the tomatoes I added 1 12 oz bottle of lager beer
     
    3. Since I used beer, I only added 1/2 can of beef broth
     
    4. I added some hot sauce and crushed red pepper flakes for spice
     
    5. This recipe doesn't mention seasoning with salt and black pepper, but this is very necessary, as well
     

     
    There are a ton of chili recipes on this website, and eventually I'd like to try others. I keep going back to this one though! I like that it includes green peppers and the tang of cider vinegar. (The chocolate adds richness but you don't actually taste the chocolate.
     
    I agree with most of the previous reviews. It lacked a lot of flavor. I was a bit skeptic about the vinegar as I hadn't seen any other chili recipes calling for vinegar. So i left it out. I added the chocolate but not sure of its contribution.
     
    I seasoned the ground beef chuck with kosher salt and pepper, I added one seeded jalepeno pepper,1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, one 15 oz. can of black beans and one 15 oz light red kidney beans and a 25 oz can of tomatoe sauce. So delish! I will be making this again! :
    The cider vinegar gave this a taste that I just could not get over--in a bad way. Neither my husband nor I could even eat the chili, the taste was so bizarre. I do suspect that if he hadn't added the vinegar, it would have been pretty good.
    Very bland even with the seasonings. If you like bland chili this is the one for you.
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    If you want to zip this recipe up just add a finely chopped and seeded jalapeño pepper and possibly a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Not spicy enough, add a couple jalapeõ's. Eventually you'll get the burn you desire.
    Followed recipe exactly as written. It looked great. Tasted bland. Boring. No pow! Needed something. More spices maybe. A little heat?
    YOU must have the chocolate it makes it great,plus one cup of coffee and some heat.
    This is absolutely delicious. I've made it several times. I did omit the chocolate and double up the spices to kick it up a bit. Yummy!
    This is a great recipe. However, I have started it with 6 slices of chopped bacon. Cook the onions/peppers in that and it is good to go. Also, use a marinated london broil cubed instead of the ground beef. Add a can of corn at the end and you will have friends and family begging for the recipe. Do NOT skip the chocolate either. Add a Jalapeno or 2 for some heat as well.
    I found the original recipe a bit bland, and that is the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5. I have made this chili 7-8 times now. I add oinion powder, red pepper, double the spices she recommends, chile pepper flakes, garlic salt.
     
    I use 1.5 ground grd beef, 1.5 lb ground pork (spicy bob evans roll favorite) and prefer a good chicken broth to the beef broth... but does not matter that much. (there is a really good flavored amish brand at my local grocer... I use it for everything.
    I have modified this recipe and it is now the only chili that I follow. I leave out the chocolate, but have never tried it. Also, I use 3C water and 5 beef boullion cubes. Additonally, I substitute the beans for 1 can black beans, 1 can red beans, and 1 can corn. If I want it more spicy I use 2T of canned green chilies. It is really excellent!
    I have tried all different recipe for chili, but I must say this one is the very best. The only alteration I have made to this was, I did not use the choc. chips. Any one who loves chili must try it...
    It was good chili just not spectacular
    The chili was good. I didn't add chocolate and I used a combination of pinto and kidney beans. I added more tomatoes and broth to make it less dense with beef and beans. Also, I suggest adding the vinegar to the beef and browning it before adding it to the pot.
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