The Best Chili Recipe
Everyone’s Favorite Chili Recipe
One of the things I love most in life is diversity.
I don’t like to eat the same foods over and over. I can’t stand listening to the same music everyday. And I don’t want to hang around the same old cookie-cutter people.
Interacting with those that march to the beat of their own drum makes life MUCH more interesting.
I have always sought out an array of unique individuals to be my buddies. These quirky, talented, intelligent people never cease to amaze me. Some of my closest gal-pals are: barrel riders, motivational speakers, cupcake goddesses, craft-masters, world-travelers, authors, business-gurus, and athletes.
Yet much more important than what they like to do, or the career path they’ve followed, these women have substance. My girls are women of character; a trait that’s hard to find these days. I count myself very blessed to have more than one friend of this caliber.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. ~C. S. Lewis
The Best Chili Recipe Ever
This Beer Chile Recipe is also my best chili recipe and a real crowd-pleaser.
It was birthed out of a conversation with a friend about standard chili issues: too spicy, not spicy enough, too many beans, oily consistency, takes too long to make, and the biggy, FLAT FLAVOR.
It’s a common mistake to add spicy heat instead of depth, leaving your chili with a monotone “chili powder” taste and a little after-burn.
In my opinion, shallow chili is nearly as bad as a shallow friend!
Beer Chili Recipe
My friend asked for a chili recipe with deep flavor and the perfect meat-bean ratio. I aim to deliver.
The Best Chili Recipe is simple and straight-forward, with a dark yeasty note. The beer, masa, and sausage elevate the flavor and round out the chili powder taste.
The addition of red pepper, carrots, and a touch of sugar, bring a sweetness that balances the spice.
This is something I can proudly serve to nearly every friend I have, because really, who doesn’t enjoy a big bowl of thick meaty chili? It’s a cozy, no-frills meal that puts people at ease.
Easy Chili Recipe Ingredients
- Olive oil – To sauté the veggies and spices.
- Sirloin steak – Diced. Or in a pinch, you can substitute ground beef.
- Ground pork sausage – For extra depth of flavor.
- Masa – Corn flour. This thickens the chili and offers a touch of rustic flavor.
- Ancho chile powder – For a smoky-sweet chili flavor.
- Cayenne – To add a little extra heat.
- Cumin – For a defined smoky undertone.
- Dried oregano – To balance the chili with sweet herby essence.
- Onions and garlic – For zesty balance.
- Red bell pepper – For sweetness and tang.
- Carrots – To add color and sweetness.
- Brown sugar – To balance the heat.
- Crushed tomatoes – To create the base of the chili.
- Pinto beans – Or kidney beans.
- Mild flavored beer – I like to go with light Mexican beer.
How To Make Chili
- Sauté the Veggies. Heat the oil and add the onions, peppers, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
- Brown the Meat. Add the chopped steak and sausage and cook until brown.
- Spice It Up! Add the masa, chile powder, cumin, oregano, salt, sugar, tomatoes, beans, and beer. Scrape the bottom to deglaze.
- Simmer. Reduce the heat and cook at least another 30 minutes.
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Serve Beef Chili With
- Maple-Bacon Corn Muffins
- Jamaican Johnny Cakes
- Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette
- Fresh Creamy Cucumber Salad
More Easy Chili Recipes
- Mexican Street Corn Chicken Chili
- Chunky Vegan Chili
- Spiced Pumpkin Chili
- Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese
- Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili
- White Chicken Chili ~ Closet Cooking
- Seafood Chili ~ Blessed Mom
- Black Bean Chili – The Reluctant Entertainer
The Best Chili Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound sirloin steak, diced (or ground beef)
- 1 pound ground pork sausage
- 3 tablespoons masa (corn flour)
- 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, optional
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 large onion, small dice
- 1 red pepper, small dice
- 3/4 cup carrot, minced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 cans crushed tomatoes, or pureed tomatoes (28-ounce cans)
- 2 cans pinto beans, or kidney beans (14-ounce cans) drained
- 12 ounces mild flavored beer
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Green onions
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, peppers, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
- Next add the chopped steak and sausage and cook until brown, 8-10 minutes, breaking up all the meat clumps.
- Add the masa, chile powder, cumin and oregano. Cook another 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the salt, sugar, tomatoes, beans, and beer. Scrape the bottom to deglaze.
- Reduce the heat and cook at least another 30 minutes, partially covered, until flavors are well combined and the chili has thickened. Stir occasionally.
- Add a couple dashes of cayenne pepper for extra heat. Serve with favorite toppings ,and tortilla chips or cornbread!
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