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Mel's Favorite Chili

Mel's Favorite Chili

I finally made the chili recipe from that fabulous blog,  The Clothes Make the Girl- it is very tasty & I thought I should pass it on.  I’m accustomed to chili with big chunks of meat as the base, so at first I hesitated, but there was no reason. It’s saucy & lovely & all of the ingredients are easily available in Prague (yeah!).

Mel’s Favorite Chili:

Ingredients:
the base:
2 polévková lžíce (2 T) of your favorite fat: olive oil, coconut oil (I used olive oil)
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 kg (2 lbs) ground meat (lean beef, pork, turkey, veal, bison, or a mix) (It seems as if all of the mleté maso that I find is some sort of pork/beef combination.)
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spices:
30 g (2 T) chili powder
30 g (2 T) ground cumin
1 polévková lžíce (1 T) unsweetened cocoa
1 čajová lžička (1 t) dried oregano
1 čajová lžička (1 t) (nové kořeni)
4 g (1 t) salt
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liquids:
400 g (14.5 oz) can chopped tomatoes
170 g (6 oz) tomato paste (My copy of this recipe says to use 12 oz & so I did (340 g) …)
400 g (14.5 oz) can beef broth (I didn’t have any cans of broth & so I used 2 beef bouillon cubes.)
1 bottle light beer (Shiner Lite tastes great!) or about a cup of water (I used a bottle of regular Staropramen- the bottles are a little bigger & so there’s a little more beer. Didn’t hurt at all…)
1 polévková lžíce (1 T) Louisiana hot sauce (I used Flying Goose hot sauce.)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add onions and saute ’til soft. Add garlic and let heat ’til fragrant, about 2 minutes. DO NOT BURN THE GARLIC. Add the meat and sauté until browned and crumbled.  (Here I mixed things up a bit.  I DID NOT add the meat. I prepared everything else- added it all to the pot- & THEN went back & sauteed the meat which, after draining (I decided that the extra grease from the pork would be overwhelming) I then added to the pot.)

2. Blend all the spices in a small bowl. Add to pot and stir well, about 1 minute.

3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, hot sauce, and beef broth to the pot. Stir well.

4. Crack open the beer and take a sip for luck. Poor the rest into the pot and stir well.

5. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low so the pot has a gentle simmer. SIMMER FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS. Do not skimp on the simmer. Just as rest time is the magic time when you build your strength, simmering is the magic time when the flavors meld.

Variations:

Add additional quality fats with some chopped black olives, green olives, or avocado slices (or all three!).

Add more veggies by serving over a bed of cooked spaghetti squash, grated zucchini, or baby spinach leaves.

Make it indulgent with a tablespoon of Greek yogurt on top. Mmmmm….

Delicious.

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