Recipe courtesy of G. Garvin

Boneless Rib Eye and Red Bean Chili with Jalapeno Cornbread Crumbles

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
This is a childhood favorite of mine, reimagined with a better quality of meat.


Jalapeno Cornbread Crumbles:

Rib Eye and Red Bean Chili:


Special equipment:
a 12-by-10-inch baking pan
  1. For the jalapeno cornbread crumbles: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 12- by-10-inch pan with butter. Set aside.
  2. Combine the cornmeal, flour, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl, then whisk and set aside. In another bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, honey and melted butter. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients; mix until combined. Fold in the jalapenos. Pour into the greased pan, then smooth with a spatula and bake, 10 minutes. Rotate the pan and continue to bake until risen and golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes more. Set aside to cool.
  3. For the rib eye and red bean chili: Meanwhile, cut the rib eye into medium dice and add to a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and 2 teaspoons garlic salt.
  4. Heat 3 ounces olive oil in the bottom of a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until hot. Add the seasoned meat, in batches if needed, and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes. Remove the meat from the pot, then set aside in a bowl and add the remaining 2 ounces oil to the pot; heat until hot. Add the garlic and onions and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato paste until combined, then pour in the beans and crushed tomatoes, stirring to combine. Stir in the beef broth, oregano, cumin, chili powder, butter, 1 tablespoon kosher salt and the remaining 2 teaspoons garlic salt. Bring to a low simmer and cook to concentrate flavors, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the browned meat, then cover. Allow to simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, crumble the cornbread into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Ladle individual servings of chili into bowls. Top with the Cheddar and crumbled cornbread, then drizzle with the sour cream. Garnish with the scallions and serve.