Cast Iron

Andrea's 3-Star Philly Chili

January 31, 2012
1 Ratings
  • Makes one pot
Author Notes

A spicy, full-bodied chili that features 3 stars; peppers, beans, and beef (or turkey). This has been a staple in my household for years. Get creative with what's on hand from spices, to beans to meat. —acfein

What You'll Need
  • Spices
  • 2 tablespoons Ancho Chili Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Cumin (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano (dried)
  • 2 pinches Adobo seasoning (all natural)
  • 1 shot hot sauce (preferably Cholula)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Base ingredients
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 choose your combo: serrano, anaheim, poblano or jalepeno pepper (use some seeds for heat) finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (at least 85%) or can substitute ground turkey breast
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes (no sugar added)
  • 1 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • Pinch garnsihes; hot sauce, cilantro, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, tortilla chips
  1. Brown meat over medium-high heat in a heavy stock pot or enameled cast-iron Dutch oven. Salt a little while cooking. Drain excess fast except 1 tablespoon.
  2. Add onion, peppers, garlic and a sprinkling of salt and cook until all vegetables are tender.
  3. Mix spices in a small bowl and shake 2/3 of it over the meat/vegetable mixture, stir and cook for a minute
  4. Add tomatoes, stir and bring to a slight boil then medium-low simmer.
  5. Taste after 15 minutes of simmering and add the rest of the spices and hot sauce (about 12 shakes)
  6. Simmer down now for about 10-15 minutes more and stir in rinsed and drained beans, stir and simmer till beans are warmed through
  7. TASTE. You'll find that the beans have zapped some of the flavor, so you may need to add more spice (especially cumin) to your liking. Add juice of 1 lime and simmer 10 more minutes.
  8. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a few dashes of hot sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, cilantro, and/or crushed corn tortillas. Enjoy.
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