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Stew Meat Chili

There are 1,001 ways to make chili. It seems everyone has there special way to make chili. They use beans or they don’t put in any beans. Here in Indiana they put in spaghetti or macaroni. Some people use all beef while others use all pork and other mix it. But, here my friends is stew meat chili.stew meat chili

And the other secret to my chili…bacon. Lots of bacon.

bacon frying for chili

Once the bacon is fried, remove the bacon from the pan and then put in the holy trinity. The onions, peppers, and garlic. Those three things fit together just like the Father, son, and holy ghost. You can’t ever have one without the other two in chili.

holy trinity of chiliSo, now back to the stew meat. I always have items that fall to the bottom of the freezer when we starting going through a half a beef. Stew meat is one of those items.

Stew meat for chiliOnce the holy trinity has softened, stir the stew meat into the mix.

seasoned stew meatAnd people, season that meat. Season it with herbs, chili powder, more garlic. Whatever you like in your chili! And then get your beer on. Yes, your beer, chili seasoning and bacon. Oh and tomatoes too.

stew meat chili magicAnd then let it simmer. For an hour. Or for two hours. Just keep an eye on the liquid. If it seems to be getting too thick for your liking add some water.

pot of chiliAnd then top with your favorite toppings. Sour cream. Cheese. Mustard. Chili Powder. Peppers. Get your chili on!!

Stew Meat Chili

Stew Meat Chili

With the on set of colder weather, one of the first things that comes to mind for comfort is soup. And this stew meat chili is guaranteed to warm you up!

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs stew meat
  • 1 bottle of beer or 2 cups beef broth
  • 1, 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1, 10 ounce can rotel
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chili seasoning

Instructions

  1. Fry bacon in the bottom of a large stock pot. Once crisp, remove and reserve for later leaving grease in pot.
  2. Add garlic, onions, peppers to bacon grease and saute till softened.
  3. Stir stew meat into sauted veggies. Add a chili powder to begin getting the heat going. Brown the edges of the meat just slightly for some caramelization flavor.
  4. Pour the beer over top of the stew meat and let braise for 20-30 minutes.
  5. When meat is tender and juices run clear, add canned tomato products. Add three tablespoons of chili seasoning and bacon reserved earlier.
  6. Let simmer for at least an hour. If meat doesn't fall apart use a knife or salad chopper to shred.
  7. Serve with your favorite toppings.
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