Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Best. Chili. Ever!

I can't take credit for this recipe. It came my way via Ashley, who's new in-laws make some great chili. When I decided to make it for Dusty's birthday, though (27! We're both in our "late 20's"- AHH!), I decided to change up a few things. So this is what I wound up with:

1 lb. low sodium bacon, baked and chopped
2 Tbsp. bacon grease
1 leek, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 lb. stew beef (or chicken), cubed
2 lb. ground turkey
salt, pepper or Lowry's seasoning salt to taste
2 cans chili beans in chili sauce
2 cans low sodium, fat free black beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
5 cans italian stewed tomatoes- 3 pureed, 2 as is
1 tsp. sugar
1-2 tsp. chili powder
1-2 tsp. ground cumin
1 cup beef broth
1 cup hot water
hot sauce, to taste (I only used 4-5 drops)

Serving suggestion:
1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
2 oz. gruyere cheese, shredded
Creme fraiche

Sear stew meat at high heat in skillet for 2-3 minutes per side with a small amount of olive oil; set aside. Brown ground beef in stew pot with a small portion of the leek and 1 clove garlic. Drain fat. Add in remaining garlic an leek, cook 2-3 minutes at medium high heat. Add in stew meat, salt, pepper, and seasoning salt. Cook until stew meat it cooked through.

Drain all beans except chili beans. Pour chili beans, sauce included, into ground turkey mixture. Add tomatoes, bacon, bacon grease, sugar, chili powder, cumin, beef broth, water and hot sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn down heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 hours.

Top with a mix of cheddar and gruyere cheese and a spoonful of creme fraiche.

Yummy, yummy, yummy! Not exactly healthy, but this stuff tastes fantastic!

Just a note: This makes a LOT of chili! It is great for a big group or party, or to freeze part of it. If you're making it with the intent of a small family dinner only, you can get away with halving the recipe!


Laura Trusky said...

Sounds yummy! I can't wait to try it!

Megan said...

This is going in my recipe box for winter. It made me hungry just reading the ingredients. You always seem to have the best recipes.

I made your garlic cheddar chicken and it has become a family favorite.

*Brianna* said...

Megan, I'm glad that the cheddar chicken is a hit! To add more nutritional value, you can throw in a few scoops of ground flax seed into the breading mix. Your family will never know the difference, but they'll get extra fiber and Omega 3s. Any time I bread anything, flax is mixed in!

Just a note, that I think I'll edit into the post: This makes a LOT of chili. It is great for a party or large group, or to make and freeze. If you're making this recipe for just a normal family dinner, you could easily 1/2 it!