Today I'm sharing my Slammin' Chili recipe. This is a dish I made specifically for Super Bowl Sunday. This is a staple comfort food in my household. This definitely has to be one of the favorites of my kids.
Chili has been around since about the 1850's. Chili is a Nahuatl word for peppers. This dish comes from north Mexico and parts of south Texas. Cowboys would have dried bricks of chili in their packs for meals along the trail. Depending on your school of thought on the matter, this dish can be prepared with or without beans. Traditionally is was just meat stewed in a pepper sauce.
I have tried both only meat and with beans. I find that I prefer my chili with beans to add additional nutrition to the dish. So, yes this I am going to be working with beans for this recipe. Below is the list of ingredients. You will also find a video for reference.
One thing I would suggest you use is a cast iron cooking pot. a well seasoned one would be perfect. the reason for my choosing this is that I find the thickness of the iron really helps to keep the heat at a consistent temperature and really works well for cooking stews with a low to medium-low temp.
Prep and cook time takes a total of 30 minutes.
Here you will note that there are some items in here that you would have never thought to add to your chili, but I will explain just a bit. 1) Corn Meal: this helps to thicken the stew and is more of a Texas thing. 2) Consomme: you would be surprised just how much flavor a bit of chicken consomme can add to your dish. 3) Chipotle: this ingredient adds a lovely smoked flavor as well as heat to add on top of the chile powder.
Also, I found .a specialty cheese at Whole Foods that was spectacular as a topping. Emmi 3 Chile Gouda.
Below is a video showing how I prepared my Slammin Chili.