Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rock 'em, Sock 'em Chili - Made by Chad

Happy Tuesday and welcome to Simply Delicious at TSRI.  Today's recipe is a special treat brought to you by my amazing husband Chad, my Mr. Wonderful, he does a fabulous job of the graphic design and photography for The Slow Roasted Italian blog.  He is even our amazing mixologist, featuring a cocktail on Thursdays.  As amazing as he is at all these things, he does tend to stay out of the kitchen.  Except to eat.

There is an exception made when we are talking chili.  He makes this amazingly flavorful, hearty, warm you down to your bones chili.  I was a bit surprised when I saw the recipe the first time, but hey when its this good, just go with it!!!

Very few dishes come from boxes and cans in our house, butl I truly enjoy this chili so much that I have decided to share it with you.  Be warned this is an indulgent dish.  But, so worth the indulgence!

Rock 'em Sock 'em Chili
Yield approximately 6 quarts

Beef Mixture
4-5 lbs 80/20 beef
1 teaspoon Lawry's salt, divided, to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided, to taste

Bean Mixture
4 15oz cans Van Camp's Pork and Beans
4 15oz cans Hunt's Tomato Sauce
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried Chipotle pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoons ground black pepper

In an 8 quart heavy bottomed pot add beans and tomato sauce over medium-low heat.  Add 1 tablespoon cinnamon, paprika, Chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, chili powder, ground black pepper.  Stir to combine.  After simmering for 30 minutes, taste and season according to personal heat level desired.  Adding more cayenne or red pepper flakes to increase intensity.

In a large skillet over medium heat cook 1/2 of the beef, adding to pan in large chunks.  Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon Lawry's salt.  Cook until done.  Remove from heat.  Add beef to bean mixture along with 1/2 cup of liquid in pan.  Stir pot.

Return frying pan to heat and add remaining beef in large chunks and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon Lawry's salt.  Cook until done.  Remove beef from heat and spoon beef into chili.  Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, taste and season as necessary.

Serve and enjoy!

NOTE:  Chili tastes even better the next day.  The longer it sets, the more the flavors meld together.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

Recipe developed by Chad A Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian 
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  1. So nice that Chad helps with your blog, and always good to have a mixologist on hand! My husband is nice enough to wait until I take the photos before he eats :) Nothing like a good chili in the winter.

  2. Never has chili looked more welcoming. Wishing for it.

  3. Yep, it's chili season and this one looks just great. Wish I had a helper!

  4. agree that the recipe is a bit surprising, but we tried it and this is really delish.

    1. I am so happy you tried it! Even happier you loved it. It was a shock to find out the ingredients and know that I loved it.

  5. I made this chili at work for our Operation Feed Chili Cook-off just last week. I won spiciest chili and it was one of two chilies that was all gone. It was so good with cheese and oyster crackers..it was simply amazing!


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