One of my culinary pride & joys is my evolving recipe for chili con carne. This is the most up-to-date version. It’s tasty and it all comes together in about 15 minutes. You can make this with any kind of meat that pleases you. I most often make it with ground chuck, but ground turkey or some steak works fine. I accidentally defrosted pork chops once, so I used them instead. You can make this with raw meat or with leftover beef, chicken, steak or pork. I’ve even pulled the meat off left over ribs. The only difference in the recipes is that if you’re using raw steak or pork chops, I want you to brown them it your dutch oven first, then put in the spices. Otherwise let’s do it this way:
We start off with my preferred spice mixture. I always use French’s Chili-O & Ortega Taco mix. I just do. If you have a preferred brand of seasoning, use that. Or just use a blend of chili powder, cumin and garlic powder that floats your boat. This is how I do it.
Put some oil in your dutch oven and add the spices. Allow them to cook over a medium flame until you can really start to smell the seasoning. Then add a dollop of tomato paste and let them brown together for a few moments.
Now it’s time to add approximately one pound of meat. If you are adding raw ground meat such as beef or turkey, put it in and add a good glug of beef or chicken broth. I know this may go against instinct, but without the liquid the ground meat will get hard and tough and we don’t want that. Just cook the ground meat in the broth for about four or five minutes If you are using cooked meat like leftover beef, turkey, chicken, pot roast, steak or ribs removed from the bones or some steak or pork that you’ve just browned, go ahead and put them in. Truthfully, you don’t have to use meat at all if you’d prefer chili non carne.
For this batch I used leftover Shredded Taco Meat & meat leftover from the Magic Ribs.