There are a lot of comfort foods out there that we all say is the best. Honestly I love them all. Chili is in the top five and it doesn’t matter how you cook it… Red chili, green chili, white chili, hamburger or hunks of beef…. it is all good to me… I learned how to make this chili in Colorado… it is made with hunks of sirloin and no beans…. what no beans? The first time I had it I actually asked where the beans were, I learned that in real “cowboy chili” it is beef based and has no beans … Ok, I can live with that… it is exquisite!! I thought for years that chili had to be complex and with so many ingredients…boy was I wrong! I still love the think and chunky chili, loaded with veggies and all the accompaniments, but I will take simplicity any day!!
3 pounds boneless sirloin, cut into bite sized pieces
3 cans diced tomatoes drained
15-20 fire roasted red peppers, drained and diced
1 large onion diced
4 cups beef broth
1 cup water
4 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 tablespoon each: cumin, six pepper seasoning by Tones®, smoked paprika, Badia® complete seasoning, dried parsley
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 tsp each of : black pepper, salt OR to taste
1/4 cup water with 1 heaping tablespoon corn starch
grated cheese for serving
Diced sirloin into bite sized pieces
Add to a large, heavy dutch oven with the onion and a bit of oil and cook on med high until lightly browned.
While the meat and onions are browning, prepare your seasonings.
Add the beef broth and water to the lightly cooked meat and onion mix.
Diced the red peppers and add to the beef mix, stir well and reduce heat to med.
Add the seasonings, garlic and stir well. Cook on medium heat for 1 1/2 hours with the lid only halfway on, stir often.
After the 1 1/2 hours mark, stir in the cornstarch slurry. Completely cover the dutch oven and reduce heat to low. Cook on low, stirring very often for 2 hours.
I serve it with the hottest cheese I can find, it’s just how we roll… but any grated cheese will work just fine.
Topping Ideas: Sour Cream, Cilantro Leaves, Cheeses, Diced White Onion or Green
Serve with: Cornbread, cracker, cinnamon rolls ( yup cinnamon rolls) or just by itself.