Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mark's Famous Chili

This is my absolute favorite chili recipe. I am usually not a huge fan of chili and definitely not a fan of beans, but Mark's chili is the best I've ever had (and I even eat the beans). It's hardy and healthy! Try it on a cool autumn day - served with a little cornbread.

Mark's Famous Chili
1 pound ground beef
1 pound steak, cut into 1/2 in pieces
1/2 cup onion (1 small onion), diced
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup catsup
1 (29 ounce) can tomato puree
3 cups beef stock
2 cans beans (pinto, chili, kidney, or a mix - we typically you 1 can kidney & 1 can chili beans)
1 cup dry breadcrumbs

You can make this in a crockpot or in a large stockpot on your stovetop...

Crockpot method (the one I typically use):
Brown the ground beef in a large pan over medium heat. When the meat is browned through, add the ground beef to the crockpot. Return the pan to the stove and add the onions. Cook until transluscent, then add the small pieces of steak and cook until just browned. Add that steak and onion mixture to the crockpot. Next add all of the other ingredients to the crockpot, except for the breadcrumbs. Give it all a good stir, put the lid on, and turn on the power. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Stir in the breadcrumbs as needed to thicken the chili.

Stovetop method:
In a large stockpot set over medium heat, cook the onion until transluscent. Add the ground beef and steak and cook until browned through. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, just until fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients and give a big stir. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, allowing enough time for the flavors to blend. Stir occasionally.
Serve chili topped with shredded cheddar cheese and Fritos for dipping. Enjoy!

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