huge pot of chili con

Huge Pot of Chili Con Carne

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: 3 lbs
  • Olive Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Onions: 2 large, diced
  • Garlic: 6 cloves, minced
  • Bell Peppers: 2 large, diced (any color)
  • Tomatoes: 4 large, diced (or 2 cans of diced tomatoes)
  • Tomato Paste: 2 tbsp
  • Crushed Tomatoes: 2 cans (28 oz each)
  • Beef Broth: 4 cups
  • Red Kidney Beans: 3 cans (15 oz each), drained and rinsed
  • Black Beans: 2 cans (15 oz each), drained and rinsed
  • Corn Kernels: 2 cups (optional)
  • Chili Powder: 4 tbsp
  • Ground Cumin: 2 tbsp
  • Paprika: 2 tbsp
  • Oregano: 2 tsp
  • Cayenne Pepper: 1 tsp (adjust to taste)
  • Salt: 2 tsp (adjust to taste)
  • Black Pepper: 1 tsp
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp (optional, to balance the acidity)
  • Bay Leaves: 2
  • Dark Chocolate: 2 oz (optional, for a rich depth of flavor)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Start by prepping all the vegetables—dice the onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes, and mince the garlic.
  2. Cook the Beef: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat into smaller pieces. Once cooked, drain any excess fat.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables: Add the diced onions to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes until they become translucent. Add the garlic and bell peppers and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add Tomatoes and Tomato Paste: Stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste, cooking for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add Liquids and Beans: Pour in the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, kidney beans, black beans, and corn (if using). Stir to combine.
  6. Season the Chili: Add the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and sugar (if using). Stir well. Toss in the bay leaves.
  7. Simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let it simmer for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the better the flavors will meld together.
  8. Add Dark Chocolate: About 10 minutes before serving, add the dark chocolate to the chili and stir until melted and well incorporated. This step is optional but highly recommended for a richer flavor.
  9. Adjust Seasoning: Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more salt, pepper, or spices according to your preference.
  10. Serve: Remove the bay leaves before serving. Serve the chili hot, garnished with your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, or fresh cilantro.

Enjoy your delicious and hearty pot of chili con carne!

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