Beef with Chipotle Chiles and Cilantro

  1. 2 pounds lean ground beef
    2 cups chopped onions
    3 tablespoons ground cumin
    3 tablespoons chili powder
    1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
    1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  2. 2 1/2 cups (or more) water
    1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
    Grated Cheddar cheese
    Sour cream
    Additional chopped onion
  1. Sauté beef and 2 cups chopped onions in large Dutch oven over high heat until beef is cooked through, stirring often and breaking up beef with back of spoon, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and chipotle chiles; sauté 3 minutes.
  3. Mix in 2 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cup cilantro. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover partially and cook 1 1/2 hours, adding more water by 1/4 cupfuls if chili becomes dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix remaining 1/2 cup cilantro into chili. Ladle chili into bowls. Serve, passing cheese, sour cream and additional chopped onion separately.
  5. Makes 4 servings
  6. Recipe by Clark's Outpost Barbecue Restaurant

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases