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Laura Moon's Chili

Recipe from: The Geeky Chef
Servings: 8

This one appeared in Neil Gaiman's novel, American Gods. When Shadow Moon gets out of prison he eats his first meal as a free man at a bar that claims to have the best chili in the state. After a couple mouthfuls he decides that the chili is good, but definitely not the best in the state. He then begins to reminisce about his wife's far superior chili. No recipe was given directly by Gaiman, but many of the the ingredients were mentioned. I took what Neil wrote and expanded upon it to create this recipe. Hope you enjoy!

2 pounds lean meat
4 15 ounce cans dark red kidney beans
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 16 ounce bottle dark beer
2 hot peppers, sliced
1 cup red wine
lemon juice
1 pinch fresh dill
1 teaspoon coriander
1 14 ounce can beef broth
1 teaspoon cayenne
3½ tablespoons chili powder
2 white onions, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 6 ounce cans tomato paste
2 tablespoons cumin
3 garlic cloves
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic, lean meat in oil for 10 minutes, or until the meat is well browned and the onions are tender. Mix in the diced tomatoes with juice, dark beer, wine, tomato paste and beef broth. Season with chili powder, cumin, dill, cayenne pepper, coriander and salt. Stir in carrots, 2 cans of the beans and hot chile peppers. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in the 2 remaining cans of beans, and simmer for another 30 minutes. Top with sour cream and cheese if desired!


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