Micah’s Chili

I’ve read maybe 20 chili recipes in preparation for making this dish, so I can’t cite any one specific source. I can say that Serious Eats and Food Wishes were the biggest sources of my inspiration. So… There’s that.

But…

I’m not going to link those because it’ll just be confusing. I’m going to write down what I’m doing today, and probably tweak in the future. So here you have it – Micah’s Chili

All Day

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs chuck, cubed into 2″ pieces.
  • One whole white onion, diced into ~1/2″ pieces
  • One bell pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp jalapeno powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 cup tomato pure
  • Kidney beans (15 oz can, drained)
  • Cannellini beans (15 oz can, drained)
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Water as needed
  • S&P to taste

Directions

  1. Mix chili powders, cumin, paprika, jalapeno powder, salt and pepper. Set aside mix.
  2. Sear chuck. 1/2 of the pieces get 2 sides seared, the other half gets one side only. Set aside.
  3. Saute onions until translucent, add garlic after 2 minutes.
  4. Add spice mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes
  5. Add meat and mix in with onions.
  6. Add beer, oregano, and cocoa powder. Bring to gentle simmer.
  7. Add tomato, stock, beans, and pepper. Bring to simmer.
  8. ┬áSimmer on low for for 3-1/2 – 4 hours
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Carnitas (lil’ meats!)

Food Wishes and Damn Delicious

I’m marrying two recipes for this. I used a slow cooker (DD) but all ingredients, brazing technique, etc. was taken from FW. I also added the lime from DD, along with some dried chipotle peppers. It was good. Goooooooood.

All Day – slow cooked on high 5 hrs. I broiled for 10 minutes, but 8 may have been better…

http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2014/10/crispy-pork-carnitas-these-little-meats.html

https://damndelicious.net/2014/10/10/slow-cooker-pork-carnitas/

Edit – I also took chunking the meat from the FW video. I didn’t braise the butt whole. I really think this helped with both cooking and finishing this dish.

Turkey Bolognese – Theory

Delish

Look – I think we can agree that carrots and celery don’t belong in pasta sauce. But I subbed in some bell peppers and jalape├▒os… switched out dried herbs for fresh oregano, basil, and thyme… Added some red pepper flakes, more salt… Ok, I really fucked with this recipe, BUT I followed the general phasing and theory. Worked good. Flavors.

Could be 60 mins, could be all day. Depends on how much you want to simmer. More simmer, more flavor.

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50639/ground-turkey-bolognese-recipe/