Salsa verde brings the flavors of the southwest to this chili recipe. You'll find the salsa and masa harina—used to thicken the chili—in the Latin foods section of the supermarket. Mexican beer is a natural to use in and drink with this chili. Green onions, queso fresco, and sour cream are good condiment choices.
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound chili-style ground sirloin
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 pound Cajun smoked sausage, chopped (such as Conecuh)
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (15-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can yellow hominy, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 (7-ounce) can salsa verde (such as Herdez)
2 tablespoons masa harina
How to Make It
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add salt and beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring gently. Remove from pan.
Add onion, green onions, bell pepper, and sausage to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until sausage is lightly browned. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return beef to pan. Stir in chili powder and next 8 ingredients (through salsa verde); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in masa; cook 30 minutes.
We loved this chili, but I doubled all the spices, added some oregano, and used an anaheim instead of a bell pepper. Subbed a smoked turkey sausage for the cajun (couldn't find it locally) and fine cornmeal for the masa harina. Like all such dishes, this is even better as leftovers. Used Negro Modelo for the beer.
I love this recipe for chili, as did all my family. I particularly enjoy the sour cream and adding cilantro to my bowl. I substituted chorizo for the Cajun sausage, as I was unable to find it in my grocery store (small town, meh...) The beer gives it a nice sour flavor, and I had to show the recipe to my husband to prove it was in there... lol... he thought I was going to be drinking it ;-) This is now my chili recipe!
I love the SouthWestern Chili. It looks and tastes great. I save calories by leaving out the sour cream. I also sprinkle a golden roasted flax seed blend called FitFlax on top (www.theflaxdiet.com). It's loaded with Omega 3's, fiber and antioxidants, and it adds a great taste and crunch to the dish. I've started adding flax to several of my meals, I really like it and it's helped me lose weight.