Real –Deal Chili

(Real –Deal Chili)
Bacon Adds Smoky Flavor This Authentic Southwestern Beef Chili. Masa Harina, Or Fine Cornmeal, Helps Thicken It. Serve The Lime Wedges On The Side.
  • 2 Slices Bacon, Cut Crosswise Into ¼ Inch Pieces
  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef Chuck
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Mesa Harina (Fine Cornmeal)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Cider Or Other Vinegar
  • Chopped Onion, Grated Cheddar Cheese, Chopped Jalapeno Chiles, Sour Cream, And Lime Wedges.
  • In A Dutch Oven, Cook Bacon Over Medium Heat Until Just Beginning To Brown, About 4 Minutes. Add Ground Beef, Onion, Garlic, Paprika, Cumin, Oregano, Cayenne, And 1 ¼ Teaspoons Salt. Cook, Stirring Occasionally And Breaking Up The Meat With The Side Of The Spoon, Until The Beef Is Browned Throughout, About 10 Minutes.
  • Stir In The Water, Masa Harina, And Vinegar, And Bring To A Boil. Reduce The Heat; Simmer, Stirring Occasionally, Until Liquid Thickens, About 20 Minutes. If The Chili Is Dry, Add A Bit Of Water To Make It Soupy Again. Serve With Bowls Of Toppings, As Desired.
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