Grab a spoon and bring your appetite, because this week we're having a Chili Cook-Off #SundaySupper style!
Growing up chili was something we always got from a can. As unappetizing and unappealing as that sounds to me now, back then I considered it a treat. I loved that canned chili. It wasn't until years later after Hubby and I got married that I tried my hand at making my own chili from scratch, in hopes of changing my Hubby's mind about chili. Thankfully it was just the canned stuff that Hubby had a problem with, and once I had my first taste of real homemade chili I never went back to the canned stuff.
My signature chili gets it's unique flavor from a mixture of dried and fresh chiles. Six different kinds of chiles to be exact, because chili should be a little spicy and full of flavor. The ancho and guajillo chiles give the chili a hearty and earthy flavor, while the dried chipotles (which I think have much more flavor than their canned counterparts) add smokiness and spice. The fresh chilies add different degrees of sweetness and heat. And because I don't think a chili is complete without beans, I always add freshly cooked Frijoles de la Olla (cooked beans) to the mix. Top this chili off with chopped onion and tomato, a dollop of Mexican crema, and some crumbled fresco and I am one happy camper, as I'm sure you will be too.
Leslie's Best Chili w/ Beans
- 3 dried ancho chiles
- 2 dried guajillo chiles
- 2 dried chipotle chiles
- 3 cups water
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 fresh serrano chiles, seeded and chopped
- 1 banana pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 fresh jalapeño, seeded and chopped (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
- Ground black pepper
- 3 cups Homemade Tomato Salsa
- 2 cups Frijoles de la Olla (cooked beans)
- Chopped onion
- Chopped tomato
- Mexican crema or sour cream
- Queso fresco, crumbled (or your fave cheese, shredded)
Place the dried ancho, guajillo, and chipotle chiles in a medium saucepan with the 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes to allow chiles to soften. Once the chilies have cooled slightly, remove the stems and seeds. Puree the chiles in a blender with the water they were cooked in until smooth. Strain into a bowl; season with salt and set aside.
In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent. Stir in the chopped serrano, banana, and jalapeño peppers and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Stir in the ground beef and ground pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and season meat with ground cumin, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper.
Pour in the pureed chiles, the Homemade Tomato Salsa, and cooked beans. Bring chili to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes until the chili thickens slightly and the flavors have blended together.
To serve ladle chili into bowls. Garnish with chopped onion and tomato and a dollop of Mexican crema or sour cream. Sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco or your favorite shredded cheese. Serve with cornbread, tortilla chips, crackers, or warm corn tortillas. Enjoy!
Will YOU be a part of the #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off judges panel this week? Voting is live at the Sunday Supper Movement Online Community Magazine starting now and concluding (fittingly) on February 27 - National Chili Day! Browse the submissions and cast your vote by clicking HERE!
Beef and Bison Chili
- Bison & Black Bean Chili from It's Yummi!
- Cincinnati Chili from Savvy Eats
- Easy Beef Bean Chili from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Easy Chili con Carne from Manu's Menu
- Gesundheit Chili from Magnolia Days
- Hellfire Chili from Yours And Mine Are Ours
- Hoisin Beef Chili from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Moroccan Harissa Spiked Chili from MarocMama
- Short Rib Chili from The Texan New Yorker
- Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Chili from Hip Foodie Mom
Chicken, Duck, and Turkey Chili
- Asian Five Spice Duck Chili from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Buffalo Turkey Chili from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chicken Meatball Chipotle Chili from Soni's Food
- Gluten Free Turkey Chili from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Kickin' Chicken Chili from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
- Low Calorie Turkey Chili from Basic N Delicious
- Olé Mole Turkey Chili from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Shockingly Delicious Chili Mole with Red Beans and Raisins from Shockingly Delicious
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili from Family Foodie
- Thai Chicken Chili from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- White Chicken Chili from The Foodie Army Wife
Mixed (meat combo) Chili
- Best Damn Chili Ever from Noshing With The Nolands
- Chili con Tres Carne from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Daddy's Favorite Chili from Momma's Meals
- Harlem Meatloaf Chili from Neighborfood
- Leslie's Best Chili from La Cocina de Leslie
Fish and Seafood Chili
- Scrumptious Seafood Chili from A Kitchen Hoor
- Easy Vegetarian Chili with Raisins and Cashews from Delaware Girl Eats
- New Orleans Style Vegetarian Chili from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Vegan Slow Cooker Chili from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Chicken Chili Cheese Fries from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Chili Cornbread Cupcakes from In The Kitchen With KP
- Chili Topped Tater Tots from Ruffles & Truffles
- Spicy Chili Mac from girlichef
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