Dutch Oven Chili

My wife & I have been really trying to be more thrifty with our meal planning. By that I mean, we make one protein & use it for several meals. Following that theme, Sunday night we had chili dogs, Monday was Frito pie, then Wednesday we used the rest on top of some fantastic tamales.  This is usually a dish that we reserve for the winter, but I needed to quell a craving. My usual recipe calls for stew meat, but my wife enjoys it more when I use ground beef. Happy wife equals happy life. And of course, we can't forget the most import rule.... IF YOU KNOW BEANS ABOUT CHILI, CHILI AIN'T GOT BEANS!
mise en place

2 lbs ground beef
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 bottle of beer
1 onion, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1⁄2 cup chili powder
2 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons cumin
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
*2 tablespoons masa harina flour
*1⁄4 cup hot water

Step 1: In a dutch oven, cook hamburger meat & drain off grease.

Step 2: Sauté onions & jalapeno.

Step 3: Return meat to pot, add dry ingredients (not masa), tomato sauce, beer &. Stir well & simmer on low for 1 hour.

* if needed, dissolve 2 tablespoons masa into 1/4 cup hot water to make a thick, but flowable mixture. Add masa mixture to chili. Cover and simmer another 15-20 minutes.

Step by step photos:
start by cooking ground beef
fully cooked
drain off grease
Sauté onions & jalapeno
return meat to pot
add dry ingredients (not masa)
add tomato sauce
add beer & stir well
simmer with lid on for 1 hour
gratuitous close up
dinner is served
a bowl of Texas Red
another gratuitous close up
oh ya!
topped with chili, cheese, sour cream & guac

and ANOTHER gratuitous close up
final gratuitous close up

Happy eating folks!


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