Slow Cooker HOT Texas Chili

HOT Texas Chili

HOT Texas Chili

I love a great chili. I have participated in many chili cook-offs, but rarely place because I like my chili HOT. If you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen. The following is my basic chili recipe minus my 3 secret ingredients. When you make chili you always need to have a secret ingredient or three. I have different recipes based on the method of cooking, this one is for a 6 hour slow cooker. Of course you can substitute different chili’s and spices to taste.

I find that adding sweet tends to allow people to take the heat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chuck (80/20), large grind preferred
  • 1 pound chorizo, large grind preferred
  • 1/2 pound diced chuck (1/4 inch cubes)
  • Chilies
    • 3 Serrano chilies, chopped
    • 4 Thai chilies, chopped
    • 2 Red Habanero, chopped
    • 3 Red Hot Holland chilies, chopped
    • 3 Red Fresno chilies, chopped
    • 1 Poblano chili, chopped
    • 2 Red Dulce Mediteraneo chilies, chopped
    • 3 Jalapeño chilies, chopped
    • 2 dried New Mexico chilies, whole
    • 2 dried Cascabel chilies, whole
  • Spices
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher or Sea Salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder (I use my own blend)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 3/4 tablespoon fennel seed
    • 1/2 tablespoon ground cayenne
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 8 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Secret ingredients 1 (H), 2 (O) and 3 (T)

Directions:

Add wine and tomatoes to slow cooker set on low. Brown chuck, chorizo and diced chuck. Add to slow cooker undrained. Mix well. Prepare onion, fennel, garlic and chilies, add and stir in to slow cooker. Add spices and mix well. At about the 2 hour mark add brown sugar and mix well. Slow cook for 6 hours on low.

Serve in deep bowl with crackers and beer.

A nice spin to this dish is to add 1/2 to 3/4 pound of diced peeled deviened shrimp in the last hour of cooking.

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Pesto Falso

Pesto is a sauce originating in Genoa in of northern Italy (pesto alla genovese). Pesto in its basic form is basil, garlic, salt, pine nuts and olive oil — that’s it! Making fresh pesto can be a little expensive, so I developed this recipe to help reduce cost, but still retain that great pesto flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 ounces sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon dried Basil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil

Directions:

Add cilantro, garlic, basil, salt and pepper to a blender. Blend until well mixed and all ingredients are finely chopped. Next add the almonds and again blend until well mixed and finely chopped. Now drizzle in the olive oil until the pesto reaches the desired consistency. That’s it — enjoy.

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Basic Marinara

This is a basic marinara sauce, and is a great starting point for creating your own recipe or just experimenting with new flavors. You can use this sauce in a variety of dishes from basic pasta to a chicken or veal Parmesan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (26 oz.) can peeled whole tomatoes
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup flat chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (1/2 cup fresh chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Directions:

Heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until golden being careful not to burn. Add onions, basil, parsley and pepper flakes. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes with liquid. Break up tomatoes with fork. Cook over medium heat for 1 hour stirring occasionally. The sauce can keep up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For variations you can add 1/2 to 1 pound of fine ground meat such as Italian sausage, chuck, sirloin, chorizo, chopped pancetta or even chopped pepperoni.

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