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1 lb 80/20 ground beef
1 lb ground pork all purpose seasoning (or just salt, pepper, onion, garlic)
1-2 tsps beef bouillon powder
4-6 oz mexican beer
1 onion and bell pepper
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo
2-3 tbsps cocao powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 pinch of cinnamon
28 oz crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
1 can light and dark red kidney beans
2-3 tbsps brown sugar
2 tbsps honey
1 tbsp roasted garlic
Toppings: cilantro or chives, sour cream, cheddar cheese, fried onions, sliced jalapenos
DIRECTIONS FOR Chili Recipe PREPARATION:
Preheat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS - MEAT & AROMATICS
Add 1 pound of 80/20 ground beef and 1 pound of ground pork to the preheated pot. Cook, breaking apart the meat with a spoon, until it's browned and cooked through, which usually takes about 5-7 minutes.
Season the meat with all-purpose seasoning (or a mixture of salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder) and 1-2 teaspoons of beef bouillon powder for added flavor.
Pour in 4-6 ounces of Mexican beer and allow it to simmer with the meat for about 2-3 minutes to reduce slightly.
Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and jalapenos to the pot. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until they begin to soften.
Stir in the minced chipotle peppers from the can in adobo, 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon each of cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder, a pinch of cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of roasted garlic. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to release the flavors.
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS -TOMATO BASE
Pour in the 28 ounces of crushed tomatoes, a can of tomato soup, and both light and dark red kidney beans. Stir to combine.
Season the mixture with 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of honey for a balance of sweetness and heat
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS -SIMMERING
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the chili simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. For even better flavor, you can simmer for 1-2 hours. If the chili thickens too much, you can add a bit of water or additional beer to reach your desired consistency.
Serve the chili hot, garnished with cilantro or chives, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, fried onions, and sliced jalapenos.
Enjoy your hearty and flavorful chili! Cooking times may vary slightly, so adjust as needed based on your specific ingredients and pot.
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