This is a great recipe!! I used this with variations below and won our first annual church chili cookoff!
Instead of using dried ancho chilies, I took the advice of another reviewer on here and used chipoltes is adobe sauce. I used about 5oz of a 7oz can. But you may want to start with half a can and see how you like the heat then add more of the can. I did still blend the chipoltes.
Instead of wine I used beer. About 16+ oz of a dark beer was used vs only 8oz of wine.
I cut out a bit of the meat (about 3/4 lb) as it was pretty heavy meat.
I added 2 tbsp cocoa powder
I added full cup of honey vs half cup
I added some water (1/2 cup)
The recipe can be pretty hefty on thickness, so I added some liquid (beer, water, etc and added some extra diced tomatoes).
This adaptation turned out really well. Hope this helps! It had a nice warm sweet front taste with a dark beer warm heat on the back end. Excellent!
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This is a great recipe!! I used this with variations below and won our first annual church...