Weeknight Chili

Weeknight Chili

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Rich, flavorful chili that tastes like it simmered all day; suitable for any weeknight dinner and ready in about an hour. A submission for the 2010 Champion Chili Recipe Contest, originally posted at http://SomethingEdible.com. Good chili doesn't require inordinate amounts of time or fancy ingredients; usually it's just a matter of having a well-stocked pantry. This style of ground beef chili employs the oven and the stove-top to quickly build layers of flavors that don't need half a day to develop.

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Hays, KS

Time needed

15 min preparation + 45 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings

Ingredients

  • Beef Seasoning:
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano (The regular stuff is fine too.)
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • Vegetable Seasoning:
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Chile powder (I like ground ancho)
  • 1 tsp. cumin ground
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 lb. ground beef (85 percent lean is good)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 lg. Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 29 oz. canned diced tomatoes (about 2 standard cans; liquid included)
  • 2 canned chipotle chiles- more if you like heat
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic
  • 12 fluid oz. beer (pick your favorite; domestic is fine)
  • 1/2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate (about one square)
  • 1 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 1 lb. prepared beans, about a can's worth or whatever you like (optional)

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Directions

Brown ground beef with seasoning until two-thirds done (you want some pink yet). Drain unwanted grease and set aside. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss onion with vegetable seasoning and oil. In a large oven-proof skillet or pot, roast onion for 15 minutes. Add tomatoes (with liquid) and roast another 15 minutes. Take to the stove top (mind the hot handles!) and add beer and beef; simmer on medium-low heat for 15 minutes, uncovered. Add chocolate. After chocolate melts, stir it in to integrate and kill heat. Add vinegar and adjust seasoning if needed. Add beans if desired and serve.

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