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Chili Con Carne is a spicy Mexican stew often served with a glass of cold beer to balance the spiciness of the dish. The name "Chili con carne" comes from the Spanish "chile con carne", which means "peppers with meat". There are many different recipes for chili con carne, and it can be vegetarian as well. In the vegetarian chili the meat is replaced by meat substitute made of soy. A lot of people have their secret recipes for chili con carne, that's why there are many chili competitions around the world.


Chili Con Carne Recipe

Ingredients: 2 lb. lean ground beef, 2 Tbsp. onion powder, 3 cans red kidney beans, drained, 2 Tbsp. paprika, 2 cups beef broth, 3 cups tomato sauce, 10 oz. diced Roma tomatoes from a can, 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce, 10 oz. water or as needed, 2 Tbsp. chili powder, ½ Tbsp. ground cumin, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, ½ tsp. white pepper, salt to taste.

Recipe: Brown the ground beef in a large, heavy skillet with little oil. Add the diced tomatoes, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, beef broth, tomato sauce, Tabasco, kidney beans and water. Cook over low heat for about 40 minutes, adding more water as needed. Add salt to taste. Finally, add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes more. Let it stand for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve the chili con carne with grated cheddar cheese on top.

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