Cooler weather brings out the chili fetish in me!
Here is my chili recipe as of yesterday........I'm hopin' this is the final version. Thanks to Cookin' Biker I've now substituted the cocoa powder with Baker's Semi-Sweet chocolate squares. It adds a new and flavorful dimension to an already pretty complex chili. Try it sometime.......
Cow Lickin’ Chili
1.5 - 2 lbs. ground Chuck
1 lb. Italian Sausage (casing removed)
2 cups Onion (chopped)
1 Green Bell Pepper (seeded and chopped)
2 Jalapeno Chiles (seeded and chopped fine)
1-2 Serrano Chiles (seeded amd chopped fine)
1 Tbs. Garlic (minced)
1 (28 oz.) can Diced Tomatoes and liquid
1 (15 oz.) can Diced Tomatoes and liquid
1 can Rotel
2 cans (15 oz. each) Pinto or Dark Kidney Beans (drained)
1 can (29 oz.) Hominy (drained) - optional
3 Tbs. Chili Powder
1 Tbs. Ancho Chile Powder
1.5 Tbs. ground Cumin
2 (1 oz.) squares Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 tsp. ground Cinnamon
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp. dried Oregano
3 Tbs. DP Cow Lick Steak Rub
2 cups Beef Broth
1 cup Dry Red Wine
2-3 dried Chili Peppers (chipotle, ancho, etc.) to float on top
*Note : you may want to remove the seeds from these dried peppers before adding so they don't release during cooking.
Preheat your Egg to 350° with inverted plate setter (legs up).
Add 2 or 3 fist-sized chunks of wood to coals.
Place dutch oven in the egg on the plate setter and add 2 Tbs. olive oil.
Add the ground chuck and sausage (break up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon).
Close lid and cook until all the meat is browned, stirring every few minutes.
Remove dutch oven from egg, remove meat and drain on paper towels.
Wipe dutch oven dry with paper towels.
Return dutch oven to egg, add more olive oil and saute´ onions, green pepper, jalapenos, and serrano(s) until limp. Add garlic and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and cook, uncovered, for about 2 or more hours (add water as needed to prevent drying).
Note : After the mixture starts to simmer, you can reduce the dome temperature to 300-325 degrees.
Remove bay leaves, dried chiles and serve.