As requested by readers after posting my first recipe in the “Everyone Should Have A Good” recipe series, I bring you my favorite Chili recipe: Beef Chili with Avocado Crema. I promise you, this chili will not disappoint.
For all you Texas Chili fans, beans are optional. For all you chili lovers, consider making a double batch and and freezing half for a lazy day.
Ingredients for the chili:
- 2 1/4 cups water, plus 2 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 dried ancho chiles
- 2 dried guajillo chiles
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (14 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
- 2.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 pound beef sirloin, cubed
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
- shredded cheddar cheese, for serving (optional)
- green onions, for serving (optional)
Ingredients for the crema:
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 avocado
- Lime juice
Bring 2 1/4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread chiles on a baking sheet. Roast until softened, about 7 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Tear chiles into pieces, discarding stems and seeds. Add to boiling water, remove from heat, and top with a smaller plate to keep chiles submerged. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup water. Puree chiles, reserved chile water, the tomatoes and their juices, and 2 1/2 cups warm water in a blender.
Peel and mince garlic. Pound garlic, cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and the vinegar into a paste with a mortar and pestle, or puree in a blender
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven or other large pot over medium-high heat. Season beef generously with salt and pepper and add to pot. Cook beef until browned all over. Transfer to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to pot, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic paste, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in beef, chile puree, and chili powder and season with salt and pepper. Partially cover pot, and simmer chili until thickened, about 2 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, blend together sour cream, avocado, and juice of one lime. Stir in beans into chili, and cook until heated through.Serve with crema and cheese.
The last recipe in the series was the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. What other basic recipes would you like to see?
Thanks for reading,