Red Hot Chili

  1. 20 Anaheim green chili peppers
    5 cups water, divided use
    1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    4 pounds round steak, diced
    1 onion, chopped
    5 garlic cloves, crushed
  2. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 1/4 cups tomato sauce
    2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  1. Remove the stems and seeds from green chili peppers. Wash and place in a large kettle with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes; drain. Place the peppers in a food processor and puree; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in the kettle and brown diced round steak. Add chopped onion and crushed garlic cloves; cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Add oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add the chili pepper puree, tomato sauce, and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 3 to 4 hours, adding more water if needed.
  4. Just before serving dissolve flour in 1/4 cup water. Stir into the chili and cook until thick, about 5 minutes.
  5. Makes 10 servings

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