Big Mike’s Chili

How can you resist a recipe called BIG MIKE’S CHILI? 

I’ve been searching for a hearty, good chili recipe and I found it! I’ve made this chili several times and it’s awesome! It’s takes a while but all good chili needs time to cook. If you’re not big on beans, you can take out whatever you want (you certainly don’t have to use all three kinds if don’t want to). You definitely need to try this one on a COLD day, enjoy!

BIG MIKE’S HOMEMADE CHILI

2 lbs. ground beef (90% lean)
1 Large sweet onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
20-30 baby carrots, diced (up to you)
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
2 green chiles with juice from can (no seeds)
2 tbsp. olive oil
9 cups water
2 tsp. ground cumin
4 tbsp. chili powder
4 tbsp. garlic salt (optional)
2 tbsp. oregano
1 (28oz.) can crushed tomatoes
3 pinches granulated sugar (optional)
1 (15oz.) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (15oz.) can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
2 (15oz.) can dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Serve with 3 cups extra long grain rice (optional)

Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and carrots, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft (roughly 10-12 minutes). Add the cumin and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the ground beef, jalapenos, and garlic salt.

Cook beef until no longer pink, breaking up clumps of meat. Stir in tomatoes, 2 cups of water, green chiles and juice, chili powder, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir together until all ingredients are well-blended.

Cook partially covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans and 1 cup of water, and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For rice (optional): In a separate pot, add 6 cups of water and heat to a boil. Add rice and cook for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed.

Put layer of rice in bottom of a bowl. Add chili. Top with shredded cheese and 1-2 dollops of sour cream.

Enjoy a great bowl of chili!

Chili's a cookin'!

Chili with shredded cheese only

Chili with cheese and sour cream

Submitted by: Mike Blackwell; Cooks.com

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