Friday, December 28, 2007

Texas Beef Chili

2 lb beef chuck or shin, in 1/2" cubes
8 T olive oil
5 T med-hot chili powder
1 lb Spanish chorizo sausage, sliced 1/4" thick
3 medium onions, chopped
8 garlic cloves
1 T oregano, preferably Mexican, crumbled
2 tsp cumin, ground
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Fresh ground pepper
4 lb canned Italian plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
24 oz beer, Dos Equis or other Mexican beer
6 oz tomato paste

Toss meat with 3 T. olive oil and 2 T. chili powder in non-aluminum
bowl. Let stand in refrigerator overnight.

Heat 3 T. oil in large, heavy skillet over med-hi heat. Brown the
meat in batches (do not crowd) on all sides, about 5 minutes.
Transfer to a large pot, using slotted spoon. Add chorizo to skillet
and brown well. Transfer to pot using slotted spoon. Reduce heat to
med-lo. Add more oil to skillet, if necessary. Add onions and cook
until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder,
oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir 3 minutes then transfer to
pot. Stir in tomatoes, beer and tomato paste. Bring to a boil then
reduce heat. Cover and simmer until meat is very tender, stirring
occasionally, about 3 hours. Uncover during last hour if necessary
to thicken liquid into sauce.

Some good accompaniments are pinto beans and salsa as side dishes.

Serves 6 generously.

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