A few years ago, along with my father in law, my husband and I entered Steve Otto's 22nd Chili Cook-off. We didn't win with our recipe but to be fair there are some serious chili heads out there! Like almost professionals- it wasn't a fair competition.
Be warned: this Chili is good. People might see/smell you eating this for lunch or taste it when you have them over for a game; they will ask you to make them a batch. It happens eveerrryytime. Below is my latest recipe (I change it up depending on what ingredients I have on hand). Its gonna take a few hours; DON"T WORRY IT'LL BE WORTH IT!
*Killer K's Chili
2 lb. Ground Chuck
1 lb. Sirloin Steak (1/2 inch cubes)
1 Chorizo Sausage
1 lg. Valdia (sweet) Onion
1 Green + 1 Yellow Pepper
2 Serrano (if I want it really hot ill add a Habanero or two as well)
4 Garlic Cloves
2 Bottles Beer (dark if possible; that Coors Light in the fridge will do the trick)
2 (15 oz.) Tomato Sauce
28 oz. Diced Tomatoes
1(14 oz.) Beef Broth
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. White Pepper
1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke
With your cast iron skillet, brown ground beef and sirloin in batches. Drain and set aside. In same skillet add chorizo along with onion & all peppers. Saute until soft, about 3 minutes. The grease in the chorizo should be enough to saute all of the vegetables but if it is not add some olive oil. Add garlic and continue to saute about 2 more minutes. Pour in beer to deglaze skillet and let alcohol burn off, about 5 minutes or once beer is reduced by about 1/3.
In a large stock pot, combine all browned beef, the chorizo/vegetables mixture, then add the remaining ingredients: tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beef broth, salt/pepper and liquid smoke. Bring mixture to a boil, stir, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour.
Spices, Round 1: Mix all spices in a bowl. Add to Chili; simmer for 30 minutes.
2 tsp. of Chicken and Beef Bullion
1/4 c Cumin
1 tbsp. Jalepeno powder
1/2 tsp. White Pepper
1/4 c Brown Sugar
1 tbsp. unsweetened Cocoa
1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
3 tbsp. Chili Power
32 oz. Beef Broth
28 oz Chili Beans/Kidney beans (optional- I like Chili sans beans)
Spices, Round 2: Add remaining spices to chili; let simmer for another 20 minutes. **Keep a little extra beef broth on hand, you might need more if some liquid evaporates or if you like your Chili loose (in consistancy; not morals).
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Chili Powder
1/2tbsp. Liquid Smoke
This year's Steve Otto Chili Cook-off will take place in a combined event called Riverfest: Chili, Beers & Cheer. It's gonna be fun; You should go.
* Team Name from 2009 Chili Cook-off; recipe adapted.