Connecticut Cold Weather Chili
Fall is in the air, mornings are chilly, time to get the pot out early in the morning and start chopping, mixing and cooking for Dave’s famous Connecticut Chili. I’ve been making and refining this recipe for over 20 years. It always seems to change a bit but here are the basic ingredients and then you can spice it up any way you like. It's great for after ski, hikes and all other outdoor activities or just haning inside by the fire
2 pounds of beef (or ground beef) cut into 1/3 to ½ inch cubes
2 onions diced
3 peppers cut into ¼ inch size (red, green, yellow any color you like)
1 Jalapeño pepper seeded and diced.
4 gloves of garlic minced
3 cans of kidney beans (if you like you can mix beans, 2 kidney, 1 black, etc) (15-16 oz cans)
1 can diced tomatoes (14-15 oz)
2 can stewed tomatoes (or 2 diced, 1 stewed)
1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
3 cups water
½ cup olive oil
1 chipotle Chile in 1 tablespoon adobe sauce (one Chile not one can)
1 dried ancho chili pepper cut up
· 2 tablespoons Chili
· ½ teaspoon Cumin
· ½ teaspoon Cayenne
· ½ teaspoon Chipotle
· ½ teaspoon basil
· 2 bay leaves
Garnishes sour cream, shredded cheddar, and green onion. A loaf of fresh bake bread is highly recommended, what ever type you prefer. (sourdough, country style, thick crust)
Salt and pepper beef in bowl.
Mix spices in a bowl
Cut onions, peppers and put in bowl
Open cans of beans and drain
Open cans of tomatoes, save juice
Coat bottom of large stew pot with olive oil, add minced garlic and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
Add onions, peppers, jalapeno and cook down for about 10 minutes. Once finished remove garlic, onions and pepper and put in bowl.
Without cleaning same stew pot, coat bottom with olive oil again and cook beef for about 5-10 minutes until juices are almost gone. Add cooked onions and peppers, can of tomatoes, 2 cups of water, beans, spices, chipotle Chile in adobe sauce + acho chili dried. Once everything is mixed should be stew consistency, if too thick add a little more water and let simmer all day.
Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and green onion. Serve with fresh baked bread, slightly toasted.
Makes great left over for the next day or you can freeze.
** Once you get the basics down you can easily make an all Vegetarian, Chicken or Turkey base chili with the same spices and ingredients.
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