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Chili for the Winter

Chili for the Winter

Duke’s Chili
Feo, Fuerté, y Calenté

(Ugly, Strong and Hot)

Recipe submitted by Mike “Woody” Woods


½ lb. dry kidney or red beans
½ lb. dry black beans
1 bay leaf
1 small onion cut into slivers
½ cup cooking oil (divided)
1 large onion
1 large sweet green pepper
1 large sweet yellow pepper
2 or 3 yellow chilies
2 or 3 habenero chilies
2 or 3 jalapeno chilies
1 large pascilla chili
2 lbs. ground beef (you could use ground turkey, but I can’t imagine why)
1 – 2 lb. steak cut into 1-inch cubes (any cut of steak is fine) [12 pack of beer (your preference)
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. Cumin
1 tbsp. paprika
3 15 oz cans tomato sauce
1 10 oz can of Campbell’s beef broth or substitute
3 15 oz can stewed tomatoes (any style)
Stick cinnamon
Salt & pepper

Collect ingredients. Open one beer and set it on counter within arms reach (hey, cookin’s hard work!). Rinse and soak beans over night as per directions.

Drain beans, put in a large pot, & set heat on high. Add 1:1 ratio beer to water to cover the beans completely; bring to a boil and turn to simmer with lid ajar for one hour or until just tender.

Heat oil and one bottle of beer in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium/high heat; when oil/beer is hot, add hamburger– stir frequently.

Core, seed, and chop onion, red, & green chilies, and sweet peppers. After hamburger is browned, drain off fat, (you can rinse with hot water to reduce residual fat) and set to the side.

Turn heat to high, and add 2 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot add the onions and pepper mix. (a protective mask comes in handy for this step) Stir continuously over high heat for 4 – 5 minutes until onion becomes translucent – reduce heat to medium temp.

Return hamburger to the pan and reheat (add oil if necessary). Once mixture is heated through, add steak, beef broth, and bring to boil, once mixture begins to boil turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

While the mix is simmering, drain the beans, add tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, and spices to the pot. Stir occasionally until boiling. Once mixture has reached boiling, add the meat pepper mixture and bring back to boiling. Add cinnamon stick and turn the heat to low. Let it cook until the beans are completely cooked. Best if allowed to simmer overnight.

Drink rest of beer while waiting.

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