Award Winning Beef and Pancetta ChiliFULLforLife
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Award Winning Beef and Pancetta Chili
This is NOT your classic chili! Every spoonful offers a deep, smoky flavor fueled with pancetta, beef and a perfect blend of herbs and spices. It will exceed your expectations to serve as a comfort food on a cold winter night and hearty enough to serve for a crowd-pleasing meal with friends. With utterly delicious ingredients that complement each other perfectly, you will crave this protein rich meal year-round!
- 2 pounds lean ground beef (you can substitute beef with ground turkey breast)
- 1/4 pound cubed pancetta (optional - pancetta adds a smokey, salty flavor)
Flavoring, Herbs and Spices:
Remember when using canned items to check the ingredients list.
Heat a large pot until warm. When pot is warm, add EVOO and lightly brown meat and pancetta. (To prevent the meat from drying out, do not cook it entirely.) Remove from pot, leaving remaining liquid in pot.
Add bourbon, wine or beef stock to pot to deglaze the bottom. (Deglazing pulls flavor.) Wait 30-60 seconds before adding peppers, onions, garlic and celery. Cook vegetables until onions are translucent. Add meat, diced tomatoes, whole peeled tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Add cumin, red pepper or chili powder, black pepper, white pepper, coriander, chili powder and hot sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add tomato paste, beans and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve in a bowl with a dollop of Greek yogurt and grated cheese. Garnish with scallions, chives or parsley.