Best Damn Chili

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1yellow onion, chopped
  • 1red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1Anaheim chile pepper, chopped
  • 2red jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 4garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste
  • 2beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle light beer (such as Coors®)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper sauce
  • 2 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans (such as Bush’s®)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir onion, bell pepper, Anaheim pepper, jalapeno peppers, and garlic in the hot oil until softened.

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  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; add Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Crumble bouillon cubes over beef and add beer. Continue to cook , scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet, until liquid is hot, about 3 minutes. Stir beef mixture into pepper mixture.

  • Step 3

    Stir crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and wine to the beef mixture. Season with chili powder, 2 tablespoons cumin, brown sugar, pepper sauce, basil, paprika, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are very tender and flavors have developed in the chili, about 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Step 4

    Mix kidney beans into beef and vegetables. Continue to simmer until beans are hot, about 30 minutes more.

  • Step 5

    Blend sour cream, cilantro, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin in a food processor until smooth. Serve sour cream mixture with chili.

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