Chili II

Chili II
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Southwestern
Ingredients
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed
  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes, coarsely crushed with your hands
  • 1¾ cups low-sodium beef broth
  • ⅓ cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and/or diced avocado, for topping
Instructions
  1. Heat ½ tablespoon vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Pat the beef dry and season with salt and pepper. Brown in batches, about 4 minutes, adding more oil as needed. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add 1½ tablespoons oil to the pot. Add the onions and garlic; cook, stirring, until golden, about 6 minutes. Add ⅓ cup chili powder, the oregano and tomato paste; cook, stirring, 30 seconds.
  3. Return the meat to the pot and stir in the tomatoes with their juices, broth, espresso and pinto beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the beef is tender, about 2 hours.
  4. Stir the remaining 2 tablespoons chili powder into the chili. Divide among bowls. Top with cheese, sour cream and/or avocado.
  5. This base recipe is relatively tame; a last-minute hit of chili powder adds just a touch of heat. For hotter, add 5 crumbled dried arbol chiles to the pot with the tomato paste, then continue as directed. For hottest, add 5 crumbled dried arbol chiles with the tomato paste and continue as directed, omitting the beans. Stir in 1 cup chopped pickled jalapenos before serving.