February 11, 2012

chili winter

There's nothing like a warm, comforting, not to mention incredibly delicious hot chili to tuck into on a cold winter day.

We finally got some snow and I'm finally getting around to sharing my best chili recipe.

This one's my own recipe.  I combined a couple of different recipes to create this tasty concoction.  I'm calling it "I'm going for seconds" Chili.  Make it and see for yourself.

I'm Going For Seconds Chili
by me


300g of bacon (I use less salt bacon), chopped
500g of ground turkey (you can also use ground beef)
2 onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cubano pepper, diced
3 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons hot paprika or cayenne
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 can tomato paste
4 cups of beef broth
2-3 bay leaves
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 can black beans


1.  Heat a large cast iron pot (or heavy bottom pot) over medium-high heat and add bacon.  Add a splash of water and let the bacon render its fat.  As the water evaporates, the bacon will brown.  Cook until the bacon is brown and crispy.

2. Pour off slightly over half the fat from the bacon.  Add the onions, garlic and peppers.  Saute until they are softened.

3. Add cumin, oregano, chili powder, cinnamon and hot paprika and continue to cook another 5 minutes.

4.  Add turkey and saute the meat until browned, about 10 minutes, breaking apart the meat as it cooks.

5. Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and tomato paste.  Continue cooking until the tomato paste turns nicely brown and caramelized, another 3-4 minutes.

6. Add beef broth and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, 1 hour.

7. 10 minutes before the end of the cook time, add the beans and season with salt & pepper, to taste.

I like to serve it with thick yoghurt.  My husband likes to add grate cheese on top too.  Trust me, you'll want seconds.

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