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Prize Winning Chili

    3/4 cup Masa Harina
    1/2 to 1 tablespoon salt, depending on taste
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    3 pounds beef, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    3 medium onions, chopped
    6 large cloves garlic, minced
    2 Serrano or jalapeño chiles, minced
    1 dried chipotle chile pod
    3 ancho chile pods
    1 dried New Mexico chile pod
    4 New Mexico chiles, roasted, peeled and seeded
    6 cups beef broth
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
   

    Remove stems, seeds, and veins from dried chiles. Place both dried and
    roasted chiles and 1 1/2 cups of broth in a saucepan. Boil 5 minutes, then
    steep 15 minutes.

    Combine Masa Harina, salt and pepper in a paper bag. Add meat to bag
    and shake to coat.

    Place oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. Heat at high temperature until oil
    almost just starts to smoke. Add meat, stirring constantly to prevent
    sticking. Add onions, garlic and jalapeños or serranos. Cook and stir until
    soft.

    Add 4 1/2 cups of beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer.
    Purée all the peppers and liquid in a food processor or blender. Add purée
    to meatand stir. Cover and simmer 2 to 3 hours, or until meat is tender.

    Add cumin. Add salt to taste. If needed, thicken with additional Masa
    Harina and a little water.


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