World's Best Chili

The reason this chili is the "world's best" is because everyone can make it their own way. It is a solid base that's endlessly customizable - you can add additional peppers, beans, dark beer, chocolate, sausage or come up with your own "secret ingredient."

World's Best Chili

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    3 lb tri-tip beef, cubed (chuck steak or ground beef works too) 3 cloves garlic, diced
    1 whole jalepeno pepper, seeded and quartered 1 teaspoon salt
    8 ounces (1 can) tomato sauce 2 tablespoons freshly ground whole cumin seeds (cumin powder works too)
    2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 1 ounce masa flour, for thiickener (arrowroot or corn starch works too)
    15 ounces (1 can) chicken broth (optional, but better than water or extra beef broth if the chili gets too dry) 2 teaspoon paprika
    15 ounces (1 can) beef broth 1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon brown sugar


    Prep: 15 min Total: More than 60 min
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    • 1

      Brown meat until brownish gray in pot large enough to contain all ingredients.

    • 2

      Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for one hour.

    • 3

      (If you have more time and want to get fancy, 1. saute the garlic and onion first, 2. remove, 3. brown the meat with the salt, pepper, cayenne, and cumin, 4. add all ingredients including garlic and onion.)

    • 4

      Your base is finished. Now is the time to get creative.

    • 5

      If you like beans, add them.

    • 6

      You can also add more cayenne for heat, a dark beer like Guiness, Negro Modelo or Sam Adams for smokiness; some folks even like a small chunk of unsweeted dark chocolate.

    • 7

      After you add your secret ingredients, simmer for 30 minutes more, then serve. Place a bottle of hot sauce on the table for those who like it extra-spicy.

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