Friday, January 6, 2012

HOT! Beef Chili

This chili is HOT! When we say hot, we mean, the two of us, who love spicy foods, had our noses running the entire time we ate dinner. It was that spicy. But don't let this discourage you! If you are not the biggest fan of spicy foods we still recommend making this dish...just leave out the spice and add it later if you decide it needs an extra kick. She says this is all American! He says it is definitely Mexican. It doesn't matter because this beef chili is good any way you serve it, so you have no excuses not to cook up a pot!

To make two big portions or three small:

1/2 lb ( ~250 g) ground beef
7 jalapenos or hot chilies (I don't think anyone sane uses this many but we do!)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 bulb (or 2-3 cloves) garlic, chopped
2 tsp tomato paste
2 cans of diced tomatoes (keep liquid)
2 tsp basil
2-3 bay leaves
1 medium can corn
1 can kidney beans
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

In a large pot on the stove cook the ground beef with the onions, garlic, tomato paste and bell pepper .

Once browned, add chilies, diced tomatoes and seasonings.

Cover and cook for about 20 minutes on medium to medium-low. About 15 minutes in, add the kidney beans and corn. Let finish cooking and if needed add salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

Serve hot and HOT!

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