Fusion Chili

A true fusion of 'Tex' and 'Mex' style chili. Each bite slowly delivers a sweet flavor followed by dry heat afterwards. It takes a while to prepare, but well worth it. You can use any type of beans you like, and try different dried chile varieties.

Yield

12 servings

Ingredients

10 dried ancho chiles, chopped, stemmed and seeded
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 pounds hot Italian sausage, casings removed
3 pounds ground beef
1 white onion, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
10 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
4 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup hot pepper sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup honey
1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans, drained

Directions

In a small bowl, soak chiles in water and vinegar for 30 minutes. After soaking, puree in a blender or food processor until very smooth, about 5 minutes; set aside.

Place sausage and ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Remove meat from pan, and set aside. In a large pot, Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of the meat drippings over medium heat. Saute white onion, red onion, sweet onion, celery, carrots and garlic until onions are soft and translucent. Season with salt and black pepper. Stir in tomato paste, and allow to caramelize. Pour in wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom.

Stir in cooked meat, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce. Season with chili powder, cumin and parsley. Bring to a boil, then stir in blended chile mixture and honey. Carefully mix in kidney beans pinto beans without breaking them. Cover, and simmer for 3 hours. Stir and scrape the bottom every hour or so.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 977, Total Fat: 67.7 g, Cholesterol: 183 mg, Sodium: 1735 mg, Total Carbs: 45.4 g (Dietary Fiber: 10.1 g), Protein: 43.2 g

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