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Chili con carne

Total Time
3 hr 5 min
25 min
2 hr 25 min
Serving chili for a causal gathering is always a delicious way to feed hungry guests and this rendition is no exception. Wow your company with this outstanding version that delivers a caliber of chili worthy of taking home the blue ribbon at a cook-off! We’ve used chuck roast and cooked it low and slow until the beef reaches to fork-tender perfection. It relies on whole dried chilies for heat and complexity and its richness from its unsweetened cocoa cooks. Garnish with thinly sliced radishes for a nice crunch and chopped green onions or cilantro for a pop of bright green color.


Reduced sodium chicken broth

2 cup(s), divided

Dried ancho pepper

5 item(s), small, seeded

Dried chile de arbol

2 item(s), small, seeded

Yellow cornmeal

½ cup(s)

Unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp

Dark brown sugar

1 Tbsp

Jarred minced garlic

1 Tbsp

Dried oregano

2 tsp

Ground cumin

2 tsp

Uncooked lean trimmed boneless chuck steak

3 pound(s), diced

Kosher salt

1½ tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Cooking spray

1 spray(s)


2 large, finely chopped

Cremini mushroom

16 oz, sliced

Jalapeño pepper

2 small, seeded, minced

Light beer

8 fl oz

Canned diced tomatoes

15 oz, with their liquid

Canned kidney beans

45 oz, rinsed, drained

Fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp


  1. Microwave 1 cup broth in a medium glass bowl until hot (or heat on stove and pour into bowl); add dried chilies and soak for 10 to 15 minutes to soften. Place chilies and their liquid in a blender or food processor along with cornmeal, cocoa powder, sugar, garlic, oregano and cumin; process until smooth and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Coat a large Dutch oven with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add onion, mushrooms and jalapeño; cook, stirring often, until onions are softened and mushrooms begin to brown, about 5 to10 minutes.
  4. Add beer; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in reserved chili puree, remaining 1 c broth and tomatoes with their liquid.
  5. Add beef; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours (or cook in a 250°F oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
  6. Add beans, stir and heat through, about 5 minutes; stir in lime juice and adjust seasonings to taste. Yields about 1 cup per serving.