My First Chili Con Carne

So I asked my Facebook Friends, “What should I cook for dinner tonight?!” Some of my faithful friends responded “Chili Con Carne”. Well, this is my first time but the Chili Con Carne will be perfect for this weather (It is cold outside… it was snowing yesterday…). So I decided to tackled on the “Chili Con Carne H’s Way”! 🙂

Ingredients
1. 2 1/2 pounds Beef Stew Meat or beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
2. 2 1/2 pounds Pork Shoulder, cut into 1- inch cubes
Cubed Beef & Pork
3. 1 tablespoon Salt (I use Sea Salt)
4. Freshly ground Black Pepper
5. 1/3 to 1/2 cup Olive oil
6. 1 large Onions, chopped
7. 1 Cup Celery, chopped
Chopped Celery & Onion
8. 1/3 Cup Dried Green and Red Bell Pepper (You can use fresh Bell Pepper, chopped)
Dried Red & Green Bell Pepper
9. 8 – 10 large cloves Garlic, minced
Minced Garlic
10. 1/3 cup Chili Powder
Chili Powder
11. 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
12. 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
13. A Dash of Cayenne Pepper
14. 2 (14.5-ounce) can Diced Tomatoes
Can Diced Tomato
15. 4 cups low-sodium Chicken Broth
Chiken Broth
16. 1 (15-ounce) can Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
17. 1 (15-ounce) can Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
Kidney & Pinto Beans
18. Serving with White Rice, chopped Green Onion, Shredded Cheddar, and Sour Cream.
Serving with Green Onion Chedder Cheese and Sour Cream

Directions
1. Season meats with the Salt and Pepper.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the Olive Oil in a medium to large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
My Favorite Dutch Oven
3. Sear the Meat until well browned, and transfer meat to a bowl and reserve.
Searing Meats Seared Meats
4. Saute the Onion, Celery, Garlic over medium heat until Onion and Celery become tender, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Sauteed Onion Celery and Garlic 2
5. Stir in the 1/3 cup Chili Powder, Cumin, and Oregano and cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add the canned Diced Tomatoes and whisk in 3 cups of the stock.
7. Add the Meats and any juices from the Meats back to the pot. Bring to a simmer.
8. Season the Chili with the Salt, Pepper, and dash of Cayenne Pepper cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
Simmer
9. In a blender puree about 1 cup of beans with the remaining 1 cup of stock.
Chicken Broth and Beans Blended for Thickning Agents
10. Add the bean mixture to the chili along with the whole beans.
11. Let simmer, uncovered, 1/2 to 1 hour more or until the meat is tender.
12. For the taste, stir in the some Chili Powder, Salt and Pepper
13. Serve with cooked White Rice, chopped Green Onion, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and maybe Sour Cream?!
Chili Con Carne H Way 2

I have to say and Zach agreed also, my first Chili Con Carne was SUCCESS!! I can definitely introduce this recipe to you all! Meats were so tender that melted in my mouth! Beans texture was perfect! I could put a little more Cayenne Pepper to heat it up. But over all, Chili Con Carne H’s Way was a great dish for the day like today!!

Happy Eating and Cooking!!
Mrs. H

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