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Chili de Arbol Chili

January 18, 2013
2 Ratings
Author Notes

Spicy and smoky, this is a delicious go to chili recipe. I put a big pot on the stove early in the weekend, and everyone eats for 2 days. —Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

  • Makes 10 bowls
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions (diced)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried jalapeno pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 25 dried chili de arbol (stems and seeds removed)
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can hot green hatch chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 quart low sodium broth (I used homemade smoky turkey broth)
  • s&p
  • olive oil
In This Recipe
  1. Start by prepping the chilis de arbol. Remove most of the seeds from the chilies by cracking them in half. Char the chilies for 3-4 minutes in a dry saute pan. Cover with 3 cups of boiling water and let sit for 30 minutes. Puree in a food processor and set aside.
  2. In a large soup pot, brown the ground beef over medium heat for 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of oil to the beef fat and remaining beef bits. Add both onions, cumin, cayenne, coriander, jalapeno flakes, smoky paprika, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
  4. Add tomato paste and stir in. Let cook for 3 minutes. Add can of crushed tomatoes and some more salt and pepper. Stir in 1/4 cup of flour to thicken, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add chili de arbol puree/liquid and stir in. Bring back to a simmer. Add ground beef, corn, kidney and black beans, and chilies. Bring to a simmer
  6. Add turkey, beef or chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 30 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese, cilantro and diced onion.

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