Cowboy's Two-Alarm Okie Doakie Chili
lean ground beef, chuck, sirloin, venison or elk.
2 Tbs olive oil (or liquid cooking oil)
1 large yellow onion or two medium yellow onions fine
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 green (bell)pepper, fine chopped
1/2 cup of coffee left over from morning, or 1/2 cup
instant coffee just made.
3 1-lb cans diced tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes
24 oz tomato sauce (if you want thin chili, use tomato
1/3 cup masa flour (corn flour)
2 cans red kidney beans (totally optional)
1 Tbs coriander
2 tsp salt
2 pkgs Williams, French's or Hammet House** chili
seasoning OR 2 tsp dried, ground red peppers (cayenne,etc.),
1 Tbs paprika. To make 2-alarm (pretty spicey hot)
chili, add the crushed, dried peppers and paprika and
ALSO the chili seasoning mixes (that's the way I fix
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 cans of beer, one room temperature, one cold.
In a large
skillet, heat oil on medium heat, saute` onion and green
pepper until onion is translucent, then add 1/2 cup
coffee and garlic for about 1-2 minutes. Put sauted`
mixture into 8-qt Dutch Oven pot or stock pot. Brown
ground meat 2 lbs at a time, draining off excess fat.
Put into pot. Remove skillet and put pot on same burner
that skillet was on.
Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, masa flour, beans
(optional) and spices. Add the can of room temperature
beer (alcohol cooks completely out of the beer). Mix
well all contents. Sip the cold beer while making chili.
Cover pot with lid, reduce heat to low, and slowly
simmer chili for about 1 hour (low heat) to let flavors
mix. Occassionally stir to make sure contents are not
burning to bottom of pan. This is the time to let the
aroma fill your nostrils...ahhhhh....and to taste your
chili to see if you need to adjust your recipe in any
Serves 6-8 people, depending on
portions and whether beans used or not. Best served with
saltine crackers, tortilla chips, celery and carrot
sticks, iced tea, ice cold Coca-Cola and beer, and ice
The above numbers may be cut in half to create enough
chili for four people (my family) but there probably
won't be much left (grin).