Loved the depth of flavor in this chili. My husband and I were stunned by the complexity and texture and would proudly serve to guests. I did use a mixture of black beans, kidney and pink beans for visual interest. I used sirloin roast cut into 2" cubes - moist, flavorful and tender. Give yourself a amount of time to prepare - it as 2.25 hours total from prep to dinner. Seriously one of the best chili recipes I've ever made or had the pleasure to eat!
This is incredible chili. It definitely is worth the time to make the puree. I did make some substitutions. Because I didn't want to figure out how many cups of dried kidney beans would make 6 cups (though I could have easily on the Internet), I bought 3 cans of kidney beans. They weren't enough, so I threw in a can of black beans, which I love. It's chili--so what? The market didn't have ancho chiles so I guess and grabbed chipotles. I checked online and I was w/in about a point in terms of heat...if anything just a tad hotter, which is fine in my book. And I did get lazy and didn't want to cut up the beef, so used 2 lbs. of ground sirloin. It tastes so good today that I'm eating something else tonight and waiting til tomorrow night to really enjoy it. This is certainly one of the best chilis I ever made, and I have dozens of recipes.
This dish blows all other chilis out of this world! Very healthy and quite a filling meal. I cut the recipe in half and there was still enough to feed a crowd and plenty of leftovers! I was unable to find dried seeded ancho chiles so I seeded them myself. Added to the prep time but was well worth it. I also cut the meat into smaller chunks. Because my 10 month old is freightened by the blender I skipped this step. Made the chili a little bit more soupy but not in a bad way. Very delicious and highly recommended!
I really like this recipe. The ancho chilies were a great addition. I was surprised that the type of meat I used came out so tender, but I wished I would have cut it up smaller. I also used canned kidney beans. I knocked off one star because it was a little time consuming and used a lot of dishes.