Historic Jailhouse Chili

  1. 6 slices bacon
    1 pound hot Italian sausage
    1 1/2 pounds ground beef
    1 cup chopped onion
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    2 cans beer
    1 small can tomato paste
  2. 1 (12 ounce) can tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
    2 tablespoons red chili powder (or to taste)
    1 can chili beans in gravy
    Salt and pepper
    Cheddar cheese
  1. Cook bacon until crisp; crumble. Season and brown sausage and ground beef; drain well.
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup of fat and sauté onion and garlic in large stockpot.
  3. Add bacon, meat, beer, tomato paste, tomato sauce, oregano, cumin and chili powder; simmer for 2 hours.
  4. Add beans and cook for 20 minutes more.
  5. Serve with grated cheese. If you like it hotter, add finely minced serrano chiles.

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