In preparation for game day with friends, I decided to come up with my very own No Bean Chili (with a little kick) recipe. I have always made chili with McCormick's Chili seasoning and it has always been fantastic. I wanted to come up with my very own blend of spices. The competition's on, each family is bringing their own recipe, and this is a cook off by gosh. So of course I wanted it to be my very own recipe.
My son Andrew requested NO BEANS (I mean demanded), so I left them out, but you can always add any you would like and it would be even more delicious. I would recommend a can of spicy chili, kidney or pinto beans (or all three). Just drain and rinse beans first.
Now back to the competition. Mrs. Lane, the party host - aka my partner in crime - said this is a Chili Cook Off - so I kicked it up a few notches. However, as it turned out - it became a chili tasting (you know it had to be high class). Shhh - I think they were being NICE - I am sure she didn't want this to be a throwdown. Even though the football teams got into a disgraceful scruffle at the end!! Well at least the competition inspired me to concoct my very own recipe. SO, not all was not lost - especially my great friendships lol 😉
Hope you enjoy this on your next game day or cool night (I make this every Halloween too).
Let me know what you think! - Just to make it even better you can garnished with sour cream, cheese and cilantro. Oh yea and some tortilla chips or fritos!
- 3 pounds ground chuck
- 1 pound ground mild italian sausage
- ½ cup sweet/yellow onion, diced
- Salt to taste
- 3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced organic fire roasted tomatoes ( I used Muir Glenn with diced green chilies)
- 2 bottles of light beer
- 4 to 5 cloves of garlic minced
- 4 to 5 tablespoons of chili powder
- 4 teaspoons ground coriander
- 4 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 (28 ounce) cans tomato sauce or whole tomatoes crushed by hand
- 4 teaspoons of adobo sauce
- Garlic salt, onion powder and cayenne pepper to taste
- 1 square dark or unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
Saute ground beef and pork in dutch oven or large pot. Add in salt to taste and onion and cook until done. Drain in colander or on paper towels then add back into pot.
Add in beer and let cook 3 to 4 minutes.
Add in diced tomatoes, garlic, and other spices. Cook about 10 minutes.
Add in tomato sauce, adobo sauce and chocolate.
I also added about a tablespoon of garlic salt, and a dash of onion powder and cayenne pepper to taste.
Cook on medium heat on stove top for at least 1 hour. I like to cook for 3 or 4 hours.
You can also do this in a crock pot on low all day or on high for 3 or 4 hours. If you use a crock pot, still complet the first two steps. Cook the meat and cook off the beer on stove top first.
This is a somewhat spicy chili. It is not crazy hot, but you could use the diced tomatoes without green chilis and cut back on the chili powder to bring down the spice. Remember you can start with less of any of the spices and make it to your taste.