How To Cook Chili

Even when you feel like you don’t have time to cook, you can make an impressive meal at home. Just whip up a batch of chili.  A hearty chili has so many complex flavors that it is hard to believe how easy it is to make. Just throw all the ingredients in a slow-cooker before you leave for work, and the whole house will be filled with the enticing aroma when you return. Chili is a fun dish to experiment with because it comes in countless variations. It is classically a stew comprised of beans, meat, tomatoes, peppers and spices. It can vary in levels of spice and is often served with cheese or sour cream to mellow the heat. Chili can be made in a vegetarian style or with a variety of meats. Typically, chili dishes call for beef, but other versions use ground turkey, chicken breast or even pork. In this video, Chef Mark provides an online cooking lesson for chili that gives you all the details you need to know. For more great cooking demonstration videos, subscribe to the LearnToCookOnline YouTube channel.

Chili con Carne with Black Beans Recipe

3 cans black beans (usually in 15 oz. size)
1 large yellow onion, medium diced
1 lb ground chuck 75/25
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 pt of chicken stock or broth
2 small cans diced tomatoes with jalapeños (usually about 14 ozs)
1 tsp hot pepper sauce

1. Drain 2 cans black beans reserving the liquid from the third one.
2. Sauté chopped onion and ground meat in hot oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat for about 8 minutes.
3. Stir in chili powder and next 3 ingredients and sauté 1 minute. Stir in drained and undrained beans, chicken stock and diced tomatoes.
4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10-12 minutes. Finish with hot pepper sauce as desired.

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