Yield: Yields 5 cups.
Chili purists may scorn the inclusion of onions, beer, and unsweetened chocolate, but they give this chili an unbelievable depth of flavor. Toasting and grinding your spices fresh is an important step for bringing out their fullest falvor.
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In a large, heavy-based skillet, Dutch oven, or stockpot, heat the oil until very hot. Brown the meat in the oil in batches (add more oil to the pan as needed), being careful not to crowd the pan or the meat will stew in its own juices and not brown. Transfer the browned meat from the pan to a plate lined with paper towels. Don’t clean the skillet after browning the meat.
This chili is a real crowd pleaser - I've "won" a couple of informal cook-offs with this and the other recipes from this article. Using actual dried chili peppers - and lots of it - means the final flavor is much more deep and satisfying than most other chilis out there.I sometimes make this recipe with black beans as well, which lets me feed a bigger crowd.
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