Chilli for Football Sunday & Wintery Weather

So if you know me, you pretty much know that I love football and I also like making soups and chillis and stews in snowy weather. So I think that Chilli and Sports and Snow are the perfect combination. So here is one that I made during the "icestorm of 2010" these past few days. The great thing about being snowbound for me was that I got to experiment in the kitchen!! Try it and let me know what you think.
2 lbs Ground Sirloin or Turkey or Chicken (your preference)
1 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoons chili powder
1 medium red onion chopped fine
1 red bell pepper chopped fine
1 green bell peppers chopped fine
2 large jalapeƱo chiles chopped with seeds
2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (available in mexican section) for smokey taste
1 large 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes with added puree
1 15-ounce cans red kidney beans
1 bottle of dark beer (such as stout) - I used Abita
3 chopped green onions
Garnish: Cilantro or chopped green onion, sour cream and/or coarsely grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese

Sautee beef or turkey in a dutch oven or heavy pot. Break up and cook until done (8 mins).  In a different saucepan heat oil (2 tblsp), onions, cumin, coriander, and jalapenos, chilli powder. Add the 2 peppers. Combined or add this to the meat. Add chipotle chillis, crushed tomatoes, red kidney beans and beer,
Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for a good 30 minutes and upto an hour on low. Season with salt, brown sugar, juice of one fresh lemon or a little bit of vinegar.
Taste and adjust with sugar or salt/lemon or toasted spices (cumin or coriander powder) to achieve a balance of flavors. Garnish with cheese or sour cream or green onions. Enjoy!!


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