Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 Work Potluck Chili

The thing about our work potluck chili competition is that your entry must be both lowest common denominator and creative and delicious plus have a fun name to have a chance at winning the $50. Using red onion adds sweetness so you don't need some kind of sweet component like raisins or honey or whatever to cut the bitterness of the chili powder. The annatto oil adds a certain "I don't know what" (as the French say) and a richer red color.

Millionaire's Choice Award Winning Chili:

2 tablespoons annatto oil
4 pounds chuck steak
2 red onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bottle beer, dark and not hoppy
1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes with their juice
2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup of your favorite chili powder
1/2 teaspoon or more cayenne


Prepare grill for grilling. Season steak with salt and set aside until coals are ready. Grill steaks until charred on both sides. Doneness is not key because you will be long-cooking the meat anyway. The idea is to get some smoky grilled flavor in there. Remove from grill and cut into good chili-sized chunks. Place chunks in a bowl to catch any delicious meat juices that might escape.

Meat Hanging Out While Waiting
Heat the annatto oil over medium-high heat.

Add the onions and saute until soft. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly for a bout 30 seconds.

Add the beer and the tomatoes and their juice, crushing the tomatoes with your hand as you add them. Add the steak chunks and accumulated juices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until the meat is tender but not completely falling apart. Taste for heat and seasoning and adjust with cayenne and salt accordingly.



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