Spouse seems to be on a bit of a quest to make the perfect bowl of chili. She does several great versions of great chili, including the recently featured 15 Bean Sausage Chili which incorporates some spicey Italian sausage into the mix.
This is a real comfort food version of chili that is totally made in the oven, making it a perfect meal idea on a day like today when we are in the middle of a snow storm that promises to dump about 12 inches of the white stuff on us before it lets up.
The difference in this recipe is that it uses a beef roast, that is slowly braised to tender perfection in the spicy tomato based sauce. Imagine a slow simmered thick bowl of chili with pieces of pot roast in it... it's just an amazing comfort food meal.
Serves 6 - 8
2 lb beef roast
Cheap cuts are fine and are actually best for braising. I've used a lean outside round roast here but a blade or cross rib roast would work fine too.
Season the roast with salt and pepper and brown it all over in a hot cast iron skillet with a little vegetable oil, then transfer the browned roast to a medium sized covered roasting pan or large covered casserole dish. Then add:
4 cloves minced garlic
1 small red onion diced
6 oz beer
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
14 oz can tomato sauce
2 large tomatoes diced
1 large roasted red pepper, peeled and diced small
½ to 1 whole jalapeño pepper finely minced (optional)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
5 tbsp chilli powder (more or less to taste)
3 tbsp smoked paprika
3 tbsp ground cumin
6 tbsp molasses
1 can kidney beans (or 1 1/2 cups of your favorite cooked beans)
Stir all together then cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and then the cover to create a tighter seal. Place in a 325 degree F oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the sauce is thickened and the beef is falling apart. Remove the roast from the pan, trim any fat and break the roast up into small chunks like when making pulled pork. Return the beef pieces to the chili and stir in. You can also stir in a little freshly chopped cilantro at the end as well if you like.
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