The BEST Winter Chili
You guys... my mother-in-law made this Chili recipe for us last weekend and it was absolutely DELICIOUS and perfect for the cold snowy night!!! It was so good that I am still thinking about it! Therefore, I just HAVE to share it with you!
C.V.Woods World Championship Chili - serves 12-16
1/2 lb beef suet
1 tbsp plus 2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground black pepper
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp minced cilantro
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup beer
1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
6 long green chiles, preferably New Mexican, roasted and chopped
4 15oz cans whole tomatoes, preferably Hunt's
1/4 cup minced celery
2 garlic gloves minced
5 lbs center-cut pork chops, cut into 3/8inch cubes
4 lbs flank stank, cut into 1/4inch cubes
3 medium onions, cut into 1/2inch pieces
2 green bell peppers, cut into 3/8inch pieces
1 lb monterey jack cheese, grated
Juice of 1 lime
In a skillet, render the suet over medium heat.
While the suet is melting, stir together the chili powder, salt, oregano, cumin, pepper, sugar, cilantro, and thyme in a bowl.
Pour the beer over the spices, and mix until all lumps are dissolved.
Pour the chicken stock into a Dutch oven or large saucepan, and spoon the beer mixture into it.
Add the chiles, tomatoes, celery, and garlic to the stock.
After the suet is rendered, there should be 6-8 tbsp of fat. Pour out about 2/3 of it, and reserve it.
In 2 batches, brown the pork in the suet, adding more fat as needed. Spoon the pork into the stock mixture. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add more fat to the skillet, and brown the steak about a 1/3 at a time. Spoon the steak into the stock mixture, and simmer the mixture another hour.
Stir in the onion and bell pepper.
Continue simmering for an additional 2-3 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes, until the meat breaks down.
Let the chili cool at room temperature for 1 hour.
For optimum flavor, refrigerate it for 24 hours.
Reheat the chili. About 5 minutes before serving, stir in the cheese and the lime juice.