This, I kid you not, is the best bowl of chili I have ever had in my life. Try it and trust me, it will be your new favorite recipe.
I once thought I’d already found the perfect chili recipe, but when I came across this one, it rocked my world.
If you think your chili recipe is the one to beat, think again!
This chili is so mind-blowingly delicious, it’s one for the books. Serve it with warm cornbread and you’ll be in dinner heaven!
Best Bowl of Chili
What makes this the best bowl of chili ever?
It has just the right amount of heat, flavor, and consistency. The combo of well-seasoned beef, tomatoes, spices, and beans is already phenomenal as it is.
The cheese and sour cream on top take it to the next level. Plus, it contains a secret ingredient you may not have thought of — beer!
It is a snap to make, to boot. Hundreds of chili recipes out there call for several hours of cooking, but this one is ready in an hour.
It truly is, hands down, the best!
- Ground Beef – As it’s a primary ingredient in chili, use good-quality ground beef, such as lean Angus or brisket. Also, you may want the meat to fat ratio to be 85:15, otherwise, your chili will be too greasy.
- Onion and Garlic – For aroma and flavor.
- Chili Powder, Cumin, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper, Tabasco – It’s not called chili for nothing! These herbs and spices will add a nice kick to your chili.
- Canned Kidney Beans – I prefer red kidney beans, but you can also use pinto or black beans.
- Diced Tomatoes in Can – The flavor base of the soup.
- Tomato Paste – Acts as a thickener and a flavoring agent as well.
- Jalapenos – For even more heat. Add or lessen according to taste.
- Sugar – Do not skip the sugar, as it counteracts the acidity in the tomatoes and the heat from the spices. If your diet prohibits granulated sugar, use Splenda instead.
- Beer – The secret ingredient! The starches in beer help thicken the chili. It’s also there for flavor, so use one you actually like. I highly recommend Modelo Negro and Newcastle Brown Ale.
- Cheese – It turns chili from delicious to delectable. You can use either cheddar or Mexican mix cheese.
- Sour Cream – For a cool and creamy contrast to the hot chili.
Tips for the Best Chili
- Control the heat. A lot of people ask me how to make chili less spicy, and I find the best way is to make your own spice blend (or use mild taco seasoning). That way, you can add more or less heat as you see fit.
- Swap the meat. If your diet doesn’t allow you to eat beef, use ground chicken or turkey.
- Skip the beer. If you don’t have beer on hand, swap it with a mixture of vodka, coke, and brown sugar.
- Make extra and freeze it for later. Chili freezes beautifully, so pop individual portions in the freezer. Thaw them in the fridge overnight then heat in the microwave.
- If you find your chili too spicy, here’s a quick fix: add a splash of lime or lemon juice. The acidity from the fruit dials down the heat from the chili, resulting in a perfect balance of flavors.
- Want sour cream on chili trying to watch your diet? Enjoy a bowl without all the guilt by using Greek yogurt instead.
- On the contrary, if you don’t mind the calories at all, go all-in and use bacon-infused sour cream!
- In the mood for a southern classic? Cornbread is the way to go.
- If you’re like me and can’t get enough of the sweet and salty combo, drizzle some honey over your chili. It’s a definite must-try!
- Top your chili with salsa and guacamole for a drool-worthy mash-up of southern and Tex-Mex cuisines.
- Add an element of crunch to your all-tender chili: whether it’s croutons or crackers, you can’t go wrong.
How To Thicken Chili
Chili too runny? Don’t give up! There are tons of ways to thicken up that thin soup.
Here are a few methods to choose from:
- Remove the lid and let the chili simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. This will help evaporate excess liquid from the chili, resulting in a thick consistency.
- Add more beans and mash them. Breaking beans up will release their natural starches, causing the soup to thicken.
- Add more tomato paste. What I love about this technique is apart from helping with the consistency, it also adds flavor and color to the chili. If your chili starts to taste bitter, counter it with a bit of sugar.
- Add cornstarch of flour. Spoon a bit of chili into a bowl and mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or flour. Place the mixture back into the pot and stir constantly until thick.
- If the chili is already out of the pot, just serve it with cornbread and more shredded cheese. This will thicken up the stew nicely.
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