Brr..It is a very cold day in Florida today! Waking up to temperatures in the upper 20's is not the way I like to start my day. The best way to combat these chilly days is with, what else, Chili!
My sous chef (hubby Al) and I wanted to create a new chili by combining all of our favorite chili ingredients but without tomatoes. Ugh! It's always a dilemma when I want to cook a dish that traditionally contains tomatoes, but I need to leave them out due to my daughter's tomato allergy. Although she is allergic to fresh tomatoes, she can eat processed tomatoes, such as tomato sauce or paste, so those are the ingredients I use to add just a little tomato goodness to a dish. That was the case with this chili.
We decided we wanted to use both ground sirloin and ground pork. Not sausage, but unseasoned fresh ground pork. By combining the meats with the usual onion, garlic and spices we had a good start, but what about beer? Yep, one dark beer went into the pot along with a can of beef broth, but it needed something else, something with a spicy robust flavor. Chipotle peppers! Wow, these can be a little deadly if you are not used to the intense heat, but the flavor is amazing! By pureeing the chipotles along with the juice in the can, we had a nice bowl of spicy pepper puree that we added just a tablespoon at a time to the chili until the heat balanced with the other flavors. We ended up using about half of the can and saved the rest for another dish. (You can increase or decrease the chipotle according to your preferred level of heat.)
The addition of cornmeal at the end is used to thicken the chili slightly, if needed. If you like your chili with more liquid you can skip the cornmeal, but it does add just a slight touch of sweetness to balance out the heat. Enjoy!!
1 TB Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, diced
2 TB Garlic, minced
1 3/4 lb Ground Sirloin
1 1/4 lb Ground Pork
1 7 oz can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
2 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 14 1/2 oz can Beef Broth
1 12 oz Bottle Dark Beer (we used Beck's Dark)
1 TB Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 4 oz can Diced Green Chilies
1 14 oz can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can Tomato Sauce
1/8 cup Ground Yellow Cornmeal (optional, as needed)
Cubed or Grated Pepperjack or Cheddar Cheese for Garnish
In a large soup pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute 4 minutes until tender. Add the beef and pork, break meat apart into small pieces and brown. When meat is fully browned, drain off the grease and turn heat to medium-low.
Using a small blender, puree the Chipotle peppers including the juice and place the mixture in a small glass bowl. Set aside.
To the meat mixture add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin and green chilies, stirring to combine. Next add the beer, beef broth, black beans and tomato sauce and stir. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the pureed Chipotle pepper mixture to the chili and taste. (More of the pepper mixture can be added as desired, but about 1/2 of the puree resulted in a perfect spicy balance of heat and flavor.)
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with a sprinkle of cubed or grated pepperjack cheese on top and Baked Corn Pudding on the side.