Yet again it’s time for trick or treaters, and for us, we have an annual family tradition to make spooky chili on Halloween night – spooky, but good! . We live in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood and Halloween is actually one of the best times of year for our community to come together. Our little street will be hosting a fun party with many of our neighbors making different types of chili – and it really is very fun. We always have a toppings bar with various options such as cheese, avocado, chopped cilantro, smoky olive oil and more – and people just love the fun of this – perhaps your neighborhood could too?
The forecast will be chilly (can’t help myself…) so a warm bowl of chili will hit the spot!
This fall I have been making chili for cooking classes and received some rave reviews (not bad for an Irish lass whose only been to Mexico once!) So, here’s my best shot… Hope you enjoy!
Grass fed Beef Chili (garnished with Avocado, Cilantro and Olive Oil)
(for the base)
3 ancho chilies
3 dried chipotle chilies
1 Tbsp Coriander seeds (toasted)
1 tsp cumin seeds (toasted)
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds (toasted)
3 cloves of garlic
2 (14 oz) cans whole tomatoes (drained)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp coco powder
1 Tbsp fresh oregano (1tsp dried)
(For the chili)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion (chopped)
1 stalk of celery (finely diced)
2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
1 (15 oz) can of chili beans
(for the stock)
1 bottle of Irish Stout (Guinness)
2 cups of chicken stock
(for the garnish)
1 avocado (chopped)
Kerrygold Irish Cheddar cheese (grated)
Juice of one lime
Drizzle of good olive oil
Bunch of cilantro (chopped)
How to make it:
- To make the base broil the chili’s on a grill turning until they are charred on all sides. Place them in a zip lock bag for about 10 minutes to sweat until the skins are easy to remove. Using plastic gloves or a zip lock bag turned inside out remove the stem and the seeds (leaving a few seeds will be good).
- In a large blender combine the prepared chilies, toasted coriander, mustard seeds, tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, coco powder, salt and pepper.
- Add olive oil to a large saucepan and add the onions and beef stirring together until browned.
- Pour over the chili base, stock and beer. Season with a little salt and pepper, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hour.
- Stir in the chili beans and simmer uncovered for another 30 minutes.
- To serve top with freshly chopped cilantro, avocado and a drizzle of Olive Oil.
Happy Spooky Halloween!
Judith the Irish Foodie