When it's cold out, one of my most favorite things to eat is Chili. Chili is so comforting and warms you up. The abundance of spices we have access to here in Southern California, allows me to play with many different flavors and heat levels. I have tried chili and chili beans in so many ways. It always reminds me of home.
2lb's Beef Stew Meat
1lb lean Ground Beef
1/2 medium onion chopped finely
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 Jalapeno chopped
3 tbsp's California/Guajillo chili powder
2 tbsp's New Mexico/ Mexican Hot chili powder
1 tbsp smoked Paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp oregano
1-2 tbsp's brown sugar
1- 6oz can of tomato paste
3 cups of beef broth
1 cup of water
salt to taste
In a pot over medium high heat, add some cooking oil and allow to come to temp.
Once hot, add in the beef stew meat and season with a little salt and pepper.
Cook the stew meat on all sides, then add the ground beef. Break the ground beef up and cook on all sides.
Once the beef is cooked on all sides, add in onion, jalapeno and garlic. Stir to distribute the flavors evenly and cook for a couple of minutes.
Now add in all the dry ingredients and tomato paste and mix well. If you want a more red chili, just add more chili powder to your preference.
Add in the beef broth and water and mix well.
Bring to a boil and cover with lid. Set to medium low heat and let simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the stew meat is nice and tender.
Finish with salt to taste.
Serve, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!