I’m not really interested in discussing whether true chili has beans or not, or whether it’s spelled chili or chile or chilly. I’m not a purist – I just know what I like.
Okay, this is probably not for the kiddies or those with weak stomachs. It is not blazing, kill-your-gut-hot, but you definitely will be aware you are eating chili and your sinuses will be cleaned out. You are warned.
KATY’S KICK-ASS CHILI
1 pound HOT Italian sausage (I use turkey, usually, but regular will work)
1 diced onion
3-4 cloves chopped garlic
2 16-oz cans chili beans in hot sauce
2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes
1 14 oz can beef broth (you can use beer, but I usually drink that and use broth instead)
3 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 -3 Tbsp chopped hot jalapeno peppers (pickled), with 1-2 tsp of the juice
Shredded cheese for garnish (optional)
Brown sausage (if using links, remove from casing). Add diced onion and sautee until onions are soft. Add garlic and sautee 1-2 minutes longer, taking care not to scorch garlic, because that tastes bad.
Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently for about an hour, stirring frequently, again taking care not to scorch – it just tastes bad (can you tell I’ve scorched it a couple of times?). Garnish with shredded cheese, if desired.
If you’d like to share your chili recipe, I’d love that, too. just put it in the comments or post a link. If I make it and like it better than mine, I’ll declare you the winner.