Gluten Free Living – 2017
You are going to love this Secret Chili Recipe! This delicious chili is a cut above many chili recipes because it does one thing that most chili recipes don’t do. It purees a seeded green pepper with an unseeded jalapeno pepper and an unseeded serrano pepper. Adding chili powder and cumin beefs up the heat even more. It’s utterly amazing! Another thing I really like about this recipe is it’s made in the crockpot. Oh, yes, give me easy!
I have my daughter-in-law’s brother to thank for this scrumptious prize-winning chili recipe. Ryan actually worked with both of my sons while they were in college and my oldest son actually roomed with him for a couple of semesters as well. He introduced his sister to my youngest son and the rest, is history! My son’s brother-in-law has kept this recipe a secret for a long time, but he shared it with me and I bring it to you!
Back over the Christmas holidays we got together with all of Candice’s siblings, parents, and the siblings’ parents for a holiday get-together in the outer banks of North Carolina. We rented a 10-bedroom, 10-bath, 3-level house for all of us. We had a terrific time and each night someone else would cook dinner. One morning John fixed breakfast for everyone. Along with my traditional Breakfast Casserole we also made up some Pumpkin Muffins that were a big hit. For dinner, I made our favorite Manicotti, Greek Salad, homemade bread and Red Velvet Cake Roll for dessert. I even made my Cheddar Bay Biscuits one time for dinner.
The day we were leaving, Ryan made this chili. I asked him for the recipe and he told me he had actually won a chili contest with this recipe several years ago. Let me say, that Chili is a favorite here in Texas. Not only that, but most native Texans love their Tex-Mex food spicy hot. It’s an acquired taste, I think. Mom didn’t make chili often when we were growing up, but since the 90s I’ve started eating a lot of Tex-Mex foods and it seems like I can eat it spicier and spicier every year.
My preferred method for eating Ryan’s Secret Chili Recipe was smothered with sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onions. But I also had it with sliced jalapenos a few times and I enjoyed that too. Having the unseeded jalapeno and serrano peppers added some heat to the chili but it was not overpowering by any means. I only made one adjustment to Ryan’s recipe. Initially, he called for draining both the kidney beans and the tomatoes. I decided to save the tomato liquid and I’m glad I did. I felt the chili needed a little more liquid so I added it in at the end. Other than that, I haven’t fiddled with the recipe. If you enjoy eating Chili, I offer Ryan’s Secret Chili Recipe. If you’re a Tex-Mex fan, I’m sure you’ll love it.
Secret Chili Recipe is a prize-winning chili recipe that will become a family favorite!
This chili was good garnished with cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers.
Prepare to drool over Ryan’s Secret Chili Recipe!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients. The pepper on the left is a serrano pepper, the one on the right is a jalapeno pepper.
Brown beef and onion in a skillet until beef is no longer pink. Do NOT drain. You’ll need the liquid.
Seed the bell pepper and chop half of it and add to a chopper or food processor. Add UNSEEDED sliced serrano and jalapeno peppers. Chop on low 5-10 seconds. Don’t completely puree the mixture.
Add chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic. Add one tablespoon water.
Puree ingredients until the consistency of a coarse paste.
Place cooked, UNDRAINED ground beef and onions in a crockpot. Add pureed pepper mixture, rinsed and drained kidney beans and UNDRAINED tomatoes. (They are drained here but I added the liquid back in later).
Stir ingredients to combine.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours or about 5 hours on high.
Garnish Secret Chili Recipe with sliced serrano peppers or jalapeno peppers, if you dare!
This chili is nice and thick.
Secret Chili Recipe has a nice warm spice to it. But it’s not so overwhelming that you can’t eat it.
This chili is also great garnished with green onions, sour cream and tortilla chips.
Here’s the recipe.
SECRET CHILI RECIPE
(Recipe adapted from Ryan Vennell, Angleton, TX)
Secret Chili Recipe will leave your lips slightly warm without being too much heat.
My favorite way to serve this chili was spread with sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onions on top.
Unseeded serrano and jalapeno peppers give this scrumptious Secret Chili Recipe a nice kick without being too much.
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