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Chili Recipes

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Smokin' Chili

3 ½ pounds sirloin steaks
1 pound ground pork sausage
2 large white onions
5 dried red New Mexico chiles
4 chilpotle chiles
5 7 ounce cans whole green chiles
one head garlic, peeled and crushed
six medium tomatos, homegrown, if possible ;-)
1 red bell pepper
½ teaspoon dried tarragon
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon white pepper
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 15 ounce cans chicken broth
1 teaspoon ground comino (cumin seed)
1 teaspoon mexican oregano
2 steak rub

Let's get the sirloin to smokin'. Season the steaks with your favorite steak rub. I dust the steaks with Fiesta brand fajita seasoning, then marinade in lime juice and soy sauce.

While that's going on, fire up your smoker. I use a barrel smoker, making a small coal bed at one end, banked on either side with soaked mesquite pieces. When that's ready to go, put the steaks on to smoke (at the other end) in low heat, about 250°F, until just pink in the middle (hmmm, was this two hours? I can't remember; your milage may vary.)

When the steaks are done, slice them ½ inch wide across the grain (there's a little extra to snack on, go ahead :-). In large pot, melt 2 tablespoon butter, and sauté one chopped onion and half the head of garlic until the onion is soft. Add the sausage and sauté until brown. Add the sirloin and ½ can of chicken broth. Add the white and black pepper, tarragon, ½ teaspoon oregano, basil and thyme. Simmer covered for one hour, salting to taste.

While the first simmer is going on, let's prepare the chile sauce. Cut off the tops of the dried New Mexico chiles to remove the stems and seeds and to expose the interior, leaving them as whole as possible. Cut the tops off of the chipotles, and cut them lengthwise to extract seeds. Set all of the chiles simmering in chicken broth (just enought to cover.) When the chiles are soft (about 45 minutes), remove the New Mexicos from broth and cut them in half, length-wise. For each half, carefully scrape off the inner pulp with a flat knife, angled away from the scraping direction. Then scrape the pulp off the knife into a blender. Add the remaining broth and chipotles, and one whole green chili, and blend into a sauce. Don't stick your face in this stuff!

Chop the remaining green chiles. Add the green chiles and chile sauce to the pot and simmer covered for another hour (that will make two hours, so far.) (Add half the sauce initially, adding more over time until you think it's right.) Add more chicken broth as needed to keep moist.

Now, after two hours of simmering, we're ready to add the rest of the ingredients...

Chop the bell pepper. Peel and chop the tomatos, garlic, and onion. Add all of this to the pot, along with the ground comino and 1 teaspoon oregano, and simmer covered one last hour (that makes three!). You can skim the grease off in this stage - it works better if you simmer without stirring for a while. Thicken with flour and cool water paste about 20 minutes before done.

Serve with ice-cold milk, grated cheese, Fritos, and Cheese-Its! :-)


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