You know, I don’t really like chili. I’ve always had to make it, however, because Hubs and my kids liked it. In fact my grown son, a fine cook in his own right, still says I make the best chili (go figure, I don’t like chili and I never taste when I cook). That said, this is some of the best chili I don’t like that I’ve ever eaten! Ok, I changed it up, but I only did so in a big way with the heat factor, cutting back drastically on all things hot because of Hubs’ sensitive innards – but the truth is I don’t enjoy food that makes my throat and lips burn either. So that meant no cayenne or habanero, and just a teensy bit of jalapeno. I guess it was essentially “sissy chili” but we loved it. While I cut back on the heat I increased the beer! I made half a recipe, which meant I only needed half a beer. I don’t like beer so I wasn’t about to drink it but I didn’t want it to go to waste either, so it all went in the pot! I used all beef, no pork, and adjusted the tomatoes, sauce, paste and water to get the consistency I wanted. I also threw in a can of kidney beans. Except for the beer and the cornmeal, this isn’t vastly different from how I make my chili, but then I don’t “simmer at least two hours” and “refrigerate overnight” before I serve it. I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly, but this chili really comes together like no other – not too hot, tomato-y or chili powder-y, just a perfect chili with lots of body and character. (COULD it be the beer?)
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You know, I don’t really like chili. I’ve always had to make it, however, because Hubs and my...