Hi! Tonight I made some chili.  I’m going to show you how to turn this:

Into the best chili you’ve ever had. Yes, that’s coffee, beer…and cocoa in the mix!

First, use these:

to turn your raw ingredients into:

Doing all of the prep up front makes things a lot easier, and makes it easier to take pictures and also to feel like you’re a fancy celebrity chef who doesn’t have to do their own prep or wash their own dishes! Also, when I cook, I leave the dishwasher open so I can rinse and load stuff as I use it; this is my “clean-as-I-cook” method, perfected over 10 years working in restaurant kitchens :)Then, get a deep pan and start 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat:

Add 4 or so (I like a lot) cloves of minced garlic:

After that starts to smell delicious, throw in 2 chopped onions:

Cook those down for a little while, then add 1 pound of ground beef. I like an 80/20 but you can go as high quality as you want.  This will give the sirloin a little liquid to sort of braise in:

Then, add 3/4 of a pound of cubed sirloin:

Cook it all together, stirring frequently, until it’s approaching done but you don’t want to dry it out.  Then, transfer everything to a large pot:

Then, you start adding the liquid ingredients.  First 1 14.5 oz can of tomatoes:

Then a can of dark beer:

Then a cup of coffee:

Then add 2 small cans of tomato paste:

Add your beef broth (I use Better than Boullion, use about 1 cup of broth). Add your spices. These are: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 1/2 tablespoons of chili sauce, 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 tablespoon of cocoa, 1 teaspoon of oregano, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of coriander and 1 teaspoon of salt:

Add 4 chopped peppers (I use one jalapeno and 3 yellow peppers but that’s up to you) and 2 15-ounce cans of drained (but not rinsed) kidney beans:


Stir it up and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 90  minutes. Add the other can(s) of drained beans and transfer all of the solids and as much of the liquid as will fit to a crock pot. Set to low for a good long stretch (I do it overnight but 2 or 3 hours will get it done), stir and serve with cornbread. DEEEEEEELICIOUS!  Here’s the ingredient list again:

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3/4 lb beef sirloin, cubed
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can dark beer
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
  • 4 chili peppers, chopped
(originally spotted on what was at the time Recipeczaar:

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