Chasen's Chili

  1. 1/2 pound dried pinto beans
  2. 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  3. 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  5. 3 cups onions, coarsely chopped
  6. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  7. 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  8. 1/2 cup butter
  9. 2 pounds beef chuck, coarsely chopped
  10. 1 pound pork shoulder, coarsely chopped
  11. 1/3 cup Gebhardt's brand chili powder
  12. 1 tablespoon salt
  13. 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  14. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  1. Rinse the beans, picking out the debris. Place beans in a Dutch oven with water to cover. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Cover and let stand one hour. Drain off liquid. Rinse beans again. Add enough fresh water to cover beans. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for one hour or until tender.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and their juice. Simmer 5 minutes.
  4. In a large skillet sauté bell pepper in oil for 5 minutes. Add onion and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the garlic and parsley. Add mixture to bean mixture.
  5. Using the same skillet melt the butter and sauté beef and pork chuck until browned. Drain. Add to bean mixture along with the chili powder, salt, pepper, and cumin.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered for one hour. Uncover and cook 30 minutes more or to desired consistency.
  7. Chili shouldn't be too thick--it should be somewhat liquid but not runny like soup. Skim off excess fat and serve.

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