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Mike’s (actually Carol’s) chili mix

January 20, 2009
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer

Okay, so I'm cheating on this one. I'm all right with that once in a while, though.

As a chili afficionado and chef since I left home at the tender age of 17, I've experimented with various iterations of the venerable chili recipe. Below is one of my favorites.

The reason I say it's cheating is that it uses a pre-made chili mix, which many purists might consider cutting corners. There's a reason I like it, though.

Carol Shelby knew cars. Heck, the Shelby Cobra set the standard for style and horsepower that's still copied today.

Carol Shelby knows chili, too. That's why I like this recipe.

One packet Carol Shelby's Chili Mix

Two cans (30 ounces) black beans

Two pounds diced and pre-browned sirloin steak

Two cans (30 ounces) tomato sauce

One-half medium onion, finely chopped

Two cups water

One tablespoon brown sugar

Seasoning salt to taste

Sour cream and shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese for topping

Now here's the real secret ingredient:

300 horsepower chili - three dried cayenne peppers

400 horsepower chili - four dried cayenne peppers

500 horsepower chili - five dried cayenne peppers

Brown diced steak in olive or cooking oil and remove steak. Brown onions in remaining oil. Put steak, onions and remaining ingredients except for sour cream and shredded cheese in a slow cooker and put on high. After three or four hours (after it starts to bubble) serve with sour cream and cheese.

I stopped at 500 horsepower because I don't want to be responsible for anyone blowing their engine.

Happy eating!

 
 

 

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