Thursday, November 18, 2010


The title says Filet Mignon Chili, however if you are like me and on a budget, you can never afford worries......use whatever cut of beef you have.  Don't want to use 5lbs of ground sirloin?  Mix the ground sirloin with ground pork and/or turkey.   It's all good, don't be afraid to change it up a bit!
  1. Heat up ½ cup of the butter in a large sauce pot over medium high heat until very hot.
  2. Add diced filet and cook until seared and browned around the edges.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until all of the beef is browned thoroughly.
  4. Remove the meat and set aside, draining off ¾ of the fat (leave the rest of the fat in the pot).
  5. Add the diced onions and chile pepper to the pot and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the meat back to the pot.
  7. Add the Guinness and let boil for 1 minute.
  8. Add the flour and stir constantly for 1 minute.
  9. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and the beef stock and stir thoroughly.
  10. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and add both of the beans, the chili powder, cumin, salt, white pepper and brown sugar.
  11. Let the chili simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  12. Finish by stirring in ½ cup more of the butter and the shredded cheddar cheese.
  13. Garnish or serve with any of the following: sour cream, diced red onions and pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, fresh chopped cilantro or my son’s favorite add-in honey, yes, you heard that right, honey.
Enjoy.  Serves 12-15
You can brown all your meats and put this in a very LARGE crockpot or 2 smaller ones and let it cook on low all day.  Serve the next day, it’s always better.  It also freezes well.

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