Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Loop Sunday Lunch - 'Go Hot or Go Home' Beef Chili

If you're dreaming of the best beef chilli ever, you're in luck, courtesy this recipe by 'Big, Bold, Beautiful Food'

This 'Go Hot or Go Home' Beef Chili has the option of adding Guinness stout for an even deeper, meatier taste:

'Go Hot or Go Home' Beef Chili


2 ½-3 lbs. ground beef

7 slices of bacon, cut into ¼ inch pieces

2 medium onions or 1 large onion, finely chopped

3-4 garlic cloves minced

2 tbs. cumin

1 tbs. oregano

4 tbs. chili powder

1-2 jalapenos, seeded and diced, or ½ Scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and diced

Salt and pepper to taste

1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (put 1/2 a can first and see if it's enough)

1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes (preferably Rotel)

1 11.2 fl. oz. bottle of Guinness beer (optional)

1 cup beef broth

1 block of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (Baker’s chocolate comes in blocks)

1 can of kidney, red pinto, or black beans (optional)

1 corn tortilla (optional)



1. Before you start to cook, combine onions and chillies together. Also, mix the chili powder, cumin, and oregano together in a bowl.

2. In a frying pan, fry bacon until crisp and set aside.

3. Brown ground beef in bacon fat and then drain. Salt and pepper to season. Set aside.

4. Add some vegetable oil to pot and when hot, add onions and chillies and cook until translucent (5 minutes); add garlic for a minute, being careful not to burn it.

5. Add chili powder, cumin, and oregano mixture to onions and fry for a couple minutes to release flavours.

6. Add beef to onions and spices. Mix together and cook for a few minutes.

7. Add the Guinness beer and bring to a simmer. Let cook for five minutes.

8. Add tomatoes, and beef concentrate or broth.

9. Bring to a simmer and cook for one hour.

10. After one hour, add the piece of chocolate. Simmer another hour or until meat is softened.

11. If you’re adding beans, add them 15 minutes before you finish cooking.

12. Adjust seasonings to your taste. If you feel it needs something to brighten it up, you can add a couple tablespoons of salsa and/or a squirt of ketchup. Serve alone, or with rice, nacho chips, shredded cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce.

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