Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chuck Wagon Chili

Mine, still in the dutch oven
Recently watched Emeril on Good Morning America and he made this chili. I decided to give it a try and let me tell you it is on the "list" to make again. It was amazing so here is the recipe for you.

1/4 cup chili powder

2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
1 teaspoon cayenne
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons dried Mexican or regular oregano, crumbled between your fingers
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons light or dark brown sugar
4 pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2- to 2- inch cubes
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 medium onions, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 cups chopped celery, including leaves
6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 jalapeno chiles, roughly chopped
One 12- ounce bottle dark Mexican beer, such as Negro Modelo
2 tablespoons tomato paste
One 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 ounce semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons masa harina (corn flour, not cornstarch)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh parley leaves
Grated cheddar cheese, for garnish
Chopped green onion, for garnish
Sour cream, for garnish

Cooking Directions
Combine the chili powder, cumin seeds, cayenne, cinnamon, oregano, bay leaves, and brown
sugar in a small bowl; set the spice mixture aside.
Add the beef to a medium bowl and season with the pepper and 1 tablespoon of the kosher salt.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a 12- inch or larger skillet over high heat. Add enough beef to fill the pan and cook until nicely browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn the pieces over and cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer the browned beef to the crock of a 6- quart slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining beef, adding the remaining vegetable oil between batches as necessary.
Add the onions, celery, and 1 tablespoon of the remaining salt to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapenos, and spice mixture and cook for 1 minute longer. Pour in the beer, tomato paste, and crushed tomatoes and simmer for 3 minutes.
Stir in the chocolate, masa harina, and remaining 11/2 teaspoons salt and cook for 1 minute longer. Transfer this mixture to the slow cooker. Cover and cook the chili on high, undisturbed or stirring only once during cooking, for 6 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the bay leaves and stir in the cilantro and parsley. Serve the chili hot in bowls, topped with grated cheddar, chopped green onion, and sour cream.
It was flavorful and delicious and we loved it
His all prettied up for TV 
Note: I used a dutch oven instead of a slow cooker

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  1. mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  2. Debbie, isn't Emeril wonderful?! LOL! I posted his Jambalaya recipe a couple of weeks ago. It's a staple in our house! This looks delicious...we'll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!