It is our family tradition to have chili and cornbread for Halloween supper. I usually make it a day before to allow the flavors to mature. This chili recipe is my own that I have developed over the years. I use ground buffalo, but use whatever is available to you. I like chili to be a bit sweet with very mild heat. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.

1/4 c. olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 large green or red bell pepper, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 lbs. ground buffalo or ground beef
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 c. tomato purée
1/2 (10 oz.) can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
1 (12 oz.) jar pineapple or other fruit salsa (I like Trader Joes brand)
1/2 c. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. ancho chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. ground coriander
1 Tbsp. dried Greek oregano
1/2 tsp. smoked Spanish paprika
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1/4 tsp. Aleppo or cayenne pepper
2 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (13 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
Garnish chili with chopped raw onion, shredded cheddar cheese and fresh lime wedges

Heat oil in a 5-quart stockpot on medium heat. When oil is hot add onion and sauté 10 minutes until soft and beginning to turn golden. Add green pepper and garlic and sauté 5 minutes until they begin to soften. Add ground buffalo, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. black pepper and cook 10 minutes or until browned. Drain some of the fat if necessary. Add diced tomatoes, tomato purée, tomatoes with green chilies and salsa. Stir and cook 10 minutes. Add brown sugar and spices and remaining salt and pepper to taste. Add kidney and black beans. Stir then cover and cook on low to medium heat for 1 hour. Remove cover, taste and adjust spices to your liking. Cook uncovered for 45 minutes until mixture has thickened and turns a darker, richer color. Serve onions, cheese and lime wedges on the side to garnish individual plates. Serves 6.


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2 Responses to Chili

  1. Mary Lynn says:

    This looks like the Chile recipe I’ve been looking for. I want to try it.

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