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Author Notes: This does not purport to be authentic Mexican chile, or Tex-Mex, or Cincinatti chili, or chili particular to any given locale; it is authenticaly MY chili, and as I don't measure much when I make it, you're on your own when it comes to spice levels. This one makes a medium spicy chili, which most chili-heads would call a seriously mild chili. It will warm your belly and your soul, and send all kinds of good flavors wafting through your house, and is pretty much heaven with a grilled cheese sandwich. —Kayb
Makes a bunch
- 2 pounds ground venison (or grass-fed ground beef)
- 1/2 pound pork sausage
- 2 cans diced tomatos
- 1 can diced tomatos with green chiles (mild) (Ro-Tel, or similar)
- 2 cans red or black beans, drained and rinsed, or 1/2 bag dry beans, soaked
- 1 12-oz bottle dark beer (I use Guinness, but YMMV)
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
- 2 chipotles in adobo, minced
- 1 large yellow onion, minced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 pinches cayenne, to taste
- 1-4 cups beef broth
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Brown and crumble the sausage; drain with a slotted spoon and transfer to a slow-cooker or Dutch oven. reserving fat.
- Brown and crumble venison in sausage fat. If there's not enough sausage fat, add a little olive oil. Drain with a slotted spoon and add to sausage.
- Saute onion in same pan, adding more olive oil if needed. When onion is soft and translucent and beginning to brown, add minced chipotle and garlic.
- While that is going on, add tomatos, green chile tomatos, and beans to the meat. Pour in a bottle of beer.
- Dump onions/garlic/chipotle mixture, with oil, into Dutch oven with meat and tomatos and beans.
- Add spices. Stir, and depending on your personal taste as to how thick you like your chili, and on whether you use dry beans or canned, add beef broth.
- Simmer for two or three hours. Taste and add seasonings and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to simmer over very low heat until you're ready to eat -- can be another hour, can be 6.
- Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich. Condiments, should you require any, can be grated cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, cilantro, and/or raw onion. And beer. Lots and lots of beer. Football is also good.
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