Sunday, May 15, 2011

Texas Truck Stop Red Chili

Texas Truck Stop Red Chili

My friend Bob boze Bell's son Tommmy dropped me a note asking for my Red Chili recipe. Bob drew the label for my 'Chili from Hell' 25 years ago, and when Tommy was about 16 we had a chili ceremony in my back yard where I gave Tommy the spoon I was given by world chili authority and the guy that taught me how to think about flavors Andy Householder. That's just how we do things out here in Cave Creek. As I told Tommy a recipe is more of a general direction than a road map. It will help you find your way.

This red chili is delicious and so easy to make. Give it a try.

1-1/2 LB Beef Tri tip, cubed

1/2 LB Ground pork

2 14-OZ CANS Chicken broth

1 8-OZ CAN Tomato sauce

2 BOTTLES Budweiser beer

2 Large white onions, chopped

3 CLOVES Garlic, finely minced

1/4 C Mild New Mexico chili powder

2 TSP Cumin

1 TSP Whole Mexican oregano

1/2 TSP Ground cayenne pepper

1/2 LB Grated Colby or cheddar cheese

Salt to taste

1. In a large frying pan brown off the meat and half the onion and drain well. Bring the chicken broth and tomato sauce to a boil in a large steel pot. Add the chili powder, oregano and cayenne pepper to the chicken broth. Boil over medium high heat for 15 minutes.

2. Add meat, reduce heat to medium and boil for 30 minutes. Keep a good eye on your pot -- do not let it get too thick. If it's getting thick, open one beer and pour half into the pot and the other half into the cook and reduce heat a little.

3. Stir often. Don't let it stick or burn. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 45 minutes or more. Once again the chili should be lightly thick like a cream soup until the last 15 minutes of cooking. As before, if the chili is too thick, open the other beer and pour half into the pot and the other half into the cook. If the chili looks about right, pour the entire beer into the cook.

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