I'm going to a halloween party/chili cookoff tomorrow night and I need a good chili recipe. I like things a little bit spicy but it doesn't matter, I can eat it either way. So does anybody have a "knock your socks off" chili recipe?
I've got two. One is a chile con carne with chunks of meat and some dried southwestern peppers, the other is a ground beef with kidney beans and tomato style. Both are pretty spicy. IIRC, the ground beef one has a variation that uses black beans and bacon...
In a large pan fry off a chopped onion and chopped garlic, chuck in some dried chili flakes and hot chili powered. Add minced beef as this is cooking add Oregano and 5 - 6 finely chopped birds eye chilies. When the meat is cooked add chopped tomotoes, red kidney beans and tomatoe puree and allow to cook down (30 - 40 minutes). Then add a few squares of good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum).
The quantities of ingredients I use are:
700g minced beef
1 large red onion
2 large cloves garlic
2 tablespoons chili flakes
1 tablespoon oregano
70g hot chili powder
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
5 - 6 chopped fresh birds eye chilies
2 tablespoons tomato puree
6 squares of Green & Blacks organic dark chocolate.
I thought you guys might like to see a couple pictures of my Halloween costume from the party/chili cook-off. If you can't tell, I went as Napoleon Dynamite. The second picture is me getting my award for the chili cook-off and the third is a dance-off between me and another guy who came as Napoleon.