Phelan Chili 2012

Recipe By : Rich Phelan
Serving Size : 1 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Beef Favorites
Main Dish Soups

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 pounds chuck roast
1/2 pound bacon
1 each onion -- medium, diced
2 each jalapeno -- diced
56 ounces diced tomatoes
42 ounces black beans -- (3 cans)
1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon ancho pepper powder
1 tablespoon chipotle pepper power
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
3 cloves garlic -- minced
1/4 cup paprika
2 tablespoons Montreal Steak seasoning

Heat the oven to 350F and toast the cumin seed until it just starts to brown. Take out and grind into power using small food processor or morter and pestal.

Dice the bacon and pan fry until clear but not crispy / crunchy. Remove the bacon from the pan but leave the fat. Saute the onions until clear, add the garlic and jalapeno and cook another minute or two. Put in the pot with the bacon.

Put the pot over low heat and add the bacon, onion mixture, tomatoes, 2 of the cans of beans and the rest of the dry ingredients except the Montreal seasoning.

Dice the chuck roast into 1/2 - 1" pieces. Over high heat saute as much as will fit in a fry pan with room around the meat. You'll need to do several batches. The idea is to not let the meat boil in it own juice. Let the meat stick to the pan and cook for a few minutes until a good fond develops. Turn the meat (may have to scrape it from the pan) and sprinkle lightly with the steak seasoning and cook until the juices have started to come out of the meat. Scrape from the pan again and deglase with 3-4 tablespoons of water. Transfer meat and sauce to the pot and repeat until all of the meat is done.

Let to chili simmer for a few hours and correct the seasoning. An hour or so before serving, add the last can of beans as the other will have started to dissolve.

Suggestions: Try adding a little bit of liquid smoke. If you'd like more tomato flavor, add a can of tomato sauce or for even more flavor a small can of tomato paste.

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