An easy and delicious chili with beef and pork. This chili can be spicy or mild, is easy to make and is packed full of flavor. A great meal for a family dinner that will leave you with leftovers for lunch.
I have been so cold lately. We are in the thick of winter so I guess it makes sense (thinking of all you east coasters during this crazy winter!). I get cold very quickly and I hate being cold. I depend on warm delicious dishes to keep me warm until Spring. Chili is a great winter dish, it’s hearty, wholesome, hot and if you would like, spicy!
This chili recipe has been with my family for years. My mom, aunt, uncle, and grandfather entered it into a competition; they called it Cowan’s Killer Chili. They painted their faces and did a little performance for the judges. See the below photo to get a glimpse of my childhood. Pretty rad.
Not only does it have two types of meat, tomatoes, aromatic spices, it has chocolate. Say whaaaat? Yes, I said chocolate. Just a little unsweetened chocolate gives it a smooth sauce that is creamy and flavorful. The original recipe doesn’t call for beans, but I almost always add them in (my husband is a very picky chili eater and insists on it) makes a wholesome and hearty meal. Whether it has beans or not, it’s a filling meal that you will have plenty leftover for lunches.
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 pounds lean beef cut into small cubes
- 1 pound pork cut into small cubes
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3-4 tablespoons hot chili powder
- 1 -2 tablespoons flour
- 2 - 21 oz. peeled roma tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cumin seed
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
- 1 can kidney beans, pinto beans, and black beans; drained and rinsed
- Drain tomatoes and keep liquid in a bowl
- Chop tomatoes into large chunks
- Heat oil in large stew pot over medium high heat
- Add onions and garlic; saute for 2-3 minutes
- Add beef and pork; stir frequently until meat is fully browned and onion is soft
- Combine chili powder and flour, mix until incorporated; add to meat mixture and stir until equally covered
- Add tomatoes and stir until combined
- Add remaining spices, simmer slowly for about 2 hours; stirring often
- Add unsweetened chocolate 1 hour into cooking; stir until chocolate is melted.
- Serve hot with cheddar cheese, cream cheese and tortilla chips
What dishes do you like to enjoy during winter time?