Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Grass Fed Beef Chili
I feel really strongly that if you are going to eat meat or poultry, that you only purchase humanely treated, organically fed products, preferably from someone you can look in the eye when you buy it.
I facilitated the purchase of a side of Miller Livestock grass-fed beef a few weeks back, which was split among the members of my White House Garden CSA - about a dozen of us. I am not kidding - this is the best tasting beef I've ever had. (Totally coincidentally, I just discovered Ruhlman posted about his visit to Miller's today - check it out here.)
When I scored the Nickles Corn Toasties the other day, I instantly thought: Chili! The ground beef was packaged in two pound packages, so I took one out to thaw, and made ratatouille in the meantime.
Chili in Akron, OH means with kidney beans and ground beef. Cincinnati is a whole different ball game, and this ain't Texas, so this is how we roll.
So without further ado, here it is.
Grass Fed Beef Chili
About 6 servings
1 Tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil
1 1/2 large red onions, chopped
6-8 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 # of grass-fed ground beef
1/4 c. of chili powder (I used Santa Cruz Chili Powder)
2 T. ground cumin
1 t. sweet Paprika (I like Penzeys)
2 15 oz cans of Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chiles, including the juice
2 15 oz cans of organic dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 of a quart carton of organic beef broth - I like Imagine (write the date on the pkg with a Sharpie & use within 10 days)
Heat the oil in a heavy dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for a minute. Add the beef, break it up with a flat wooden spoon, and brown. Add the spices and salt and pepper to taste, stir to coat the beef, then add the tomatoes, beans, and broth. (Throw some beer in if you're drinking one).
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 - 60 minutes. Skim fat, if necessary (I had barely any).
Garnish as you like and enjoy. Gets better the next day.
It was so good I forgot to have a Corn Toastie.