In my quest to find a new chili recipe I turned to the Food Network website. I have to admit, I don’t like watching Guy Fieri- from the way he wears his hair, to his over the top loud obnoxious personality -to the way he pronounces his name “Fi-etti!” I am sorry, is there a “t” in your name? He just isn’t my cup of tea, but if you love him that’s great.. he needs a fan base– and he is on TV and I am not…
But I digress! I did however try his recipe for “Dragon’s Breath Chili” after I read the reviews. The name (of the chili) is more intimidating than the taste and I made some changes. I reduced the peppers and cayenne pepper for one thing, because I wanted my kids to have half a chance of eating it! This is a good recipe with a bit of spice to grab you, but not overpowering. I may have to change my opinion of Fi-etti yet (Nah, that’s not going to happen!) But the guy can cook – I give him that much! It is more involved than my regular chili recipe that I make. I changed a few things from the cooking too… I first cooked the peppers and onions- removed them from the pot. Browned the chuck pieces in batches so they would brown properly (if you follow the directions of the original you won’t get nice browned pieces), then cooked the ground beef and sausage together. Once cooked added the spices and then threw it all in the crock pot to cook. Here is the link to the original recipe. For best flavor, plan ahead and make this a day in advance. I would place this in the medium+ heat category. My kids were able to eat it.
Dragon’s Breath Chili
adapted from Food Network (Guy Fieri)
2 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp canola oil
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 Tbsp jalapeno, minced
2 Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
2 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
2 yellow onions, diced
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 lbs boneless chuck, trimmed of most fat and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 lb ground beef, coarse grind
1 lb bulk Italian sausage
2 tsp dried minced onion
2 tsp granulated garlic
3 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
12 ounces lager beer
1 cup chicken stock
2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, drained, but not rinsed
2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained but not rinsed
8 oz bacon, cooked and chopped
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Cheddar
Roasting peppers: I don’t think it is completely necessary, but it does add nice flavor. How? You place the peppers on your gas burner grate above the flame (or over a barbecue) and turn it from time to time after the skin blisters and turns black. Then while the peppers are still warm, place them in a paper bag and seal the bag to “steam” them. This loosens the skin and makes them easier to peel later. I did this process the day before I made the chili.
Chop the peppers and onions. Heat a large stock pot over medium high heat and melt the butter and heat 1 Tbsp canola oil. Saute the onions and peppers (bell, chilis) until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant. Remove the pepper mixture and set aside.
Add 1 Tbsp of canola oil. Season the chuck cubes with salt and pepper and brown them in batches in the stock pot. Remove the browned pieces (set aside), and brown the next batches. (Julia Child was right, for proper browning, don’t crowd the meat). After the chuck is browned, cook the ground beef and Italian sausage in the same pot. Remove any drippings. Add the seasonings (the long list of them- it is worth it). Stir into the meat and cook for a minute or two. Add the tomato sauce, paste, beer, and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
Carefully pour the contents of your stock pot into your large crock pot. Add the peppers and browned chuck beef. Add the beans and stir everything together. Turn the crock pot on to LOW setting. Cover and cook on low for about 5 hours, stirring from time to time, or until the chuck beef is tender to the point of falling apart when you try to shred it with a fork.
To serve: top each serving with diced green onions, cheese and crisp bacon, if desired. Serve with cornbread or corn bread pudding.