Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What do you put into your Chili?

Today is the day for the first batch of chili for the season. Luckily, today I have a variety of peppers on hand to make it a nice batch. I am not sure that I ever make the same chili twice, but they all seem to turn out well. I was just wondering what do you put into your chili to make it special?

Today's Chili:

2 lbs ground beef
5 cloves of garlic - minced
1 small white onion - chopped
2 poblano peppers
2 jalapeno peppers
1 sweet red pepper
2 Hungarian wax peppers
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can hot chili beans
1/2 cup water

Brown the beef along with the onions and garlic. Add the water along with the chopped peppers. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer long and slow to let the flavors blend. Season to taste with salt, pepper and your favorite habanero pepper sauce. Top with shredded cheese or sour cream if you like.



  1. I am getting ready this weekend to prepare chili. Like you, every time I make chili it is always a bit different. This time it will be the addition of black beans, chuck steak and a dash of chilis in adobo sauce.
    Great recipe you posted! It is giving me some new ideas as to what to add to my chili.

  2. No chili powder or cumin? Those two are the soul of chili....

  3. If I can get the fresh peppers I tend to use those and less chili powder. When the winter comes and there are no peppers around, the chili powder I use is typically from some of the peppers that I have dried, ground up and stored for just such an occasion.

    Cumin is never a bad call...