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Saturday, 4 October 2008

PostHeaderIcon How to make the perfect Chili, The Final Cut

This is an update to my original post on How to make the perfect Chili and it's follow up How to make the perfect Chili, Redux. Not everyone preferred the Redux version with the smokey taste of the Jack Daniels being a little to up-front for them. This Final Cut version combines the best bits of both which pleases everyone and I must say tastes all the more perfect. Please try it an let me know what you think.

Here it is - to serve 3-4.

What you'll need:
  • 1 packet of Old El Paso Chili seasoning (this isn't cheating, it's a damn good mix)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 400g lean minced beef (fresh not frozen, this is very important)
  • 200g lean stewing steak chopped into 1-2cm cubes
  • 1/2 a glass of red wine (something gutsy like Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cab Sav)
  • 200ml of Jack Daniels
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin of black eyed beans or pinto beans, drained. (Don't ever use kidney beans)
  • 1/3 jar of Peppadew peppers


What you do:
  • Marinate the diced steak in the Jack Daniels overnight or at least for a few hours. Stab the steak repeatedly with a sharp knife to make sure the JD penetrates
  • Finely chop the onion and gently fry for a few minutes in a couple of tablespoons of mild olive oil
  • Crumble the minced beef into the frying pan being careful to retain nice chunky meat morsels (which is why you cannot use frozen mince) and add the marinated cubed steak, gently fold it in and let it brown on one side before gently turning to brown on the other (do not stir, it breaks up the chunks!)
  • Once browned sprinkle the chili seasoning over the meat and gently fold in. After a few minutes poor in the red wine to deglaze the pan and simmer gently until the liquid is reduced
  • Poor over the chopped tomatoes, beans and Peppadew peppers, gently fold in and allow to simmer for another 15 minutes


Server in a bowl with garlic bread and the bottle of Wolf Blass.

Gary

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